Fr. Sanctus Mario
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Matthew 5:20-26: Nothing Surpasses Peace. Friday First Week of Lent

Breakfast with the Word: Friday First Week of Lent

 

 

In Matthew 5:20-26, Jesus tells His apostles not to kill or injure anyone. And If anyone has anything against his/her brother, he must prepare to answer for it.

 

 

 

In Matthew 5:20-26, Jesus continues that even if you are about to offer your gift to God, and then remember that you have something against your brother or that he has something against you, leave the offering immediately in front of the altar. Then go back and make peace with him, come back and offer your gift.

 

 

Jesus says in Matthew 5:20-26 that It is better to come to terms with whoever you have offended or that has offended you before you end up in prison.

 

 

It calls for the need to live in peace always before it results in something else. Lack of peace can result in a greater injury if we do not manage it on time.

 

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To Make Peace.

 

 

To make peace means to resolve conflicts and misunderstanding that arise between two people who were once close to each other.

 

 

It also means to resign and accept mutual understanding, co-existence, harmonious relationship and tolerance rather than living in a quarrel. For Jesus, this should be the trademark of anyone that is truly His disciple.

 

 

It is then worrisome today that many Christian families who also profess faith in the one Lord are living in enmity for many years today. You hardly find a family today who is not having one issue or the other.

 

 

The funniest part of it is that most of these problems are caused or began by someone who is also a member of the body of Christ. After shouting Amen in the church, we go back to our homes with hearts filled with trouble.

 

 

Most of these people bluntly refused that peace will reign in their families or places of work, maybe because they gain from it or that they want to assert their superiority. They want every person to worship and adore them. Then many will support him/her even when what he/she is doing is evil.

 

 

Today, many Christians live and allow evil to reign in their presence. They remain dumb either because they fear or because the person who is the architect of the injury is rich or famous.

 

 

Nothing surpasses a family, organization, or people that are so bound together, that they do things with one heart. We cannot make any headway with misunderstanding, discrimination, hatred and infighting.

 

 

If you know you have offended someone, you know the truth, there is no need to pretend or hide here, go to the person and apologize. He can forgive you. We need to stay in love. We need to remain in peace and not in pieces.

 

 

Where there is peace, there is growth and progress. When two people work together in harmony, there is growth. Where five or four brothers join together, there is an open door. No one is an island. You cannot make it alone.

 

 

Where There is No Peace.

 

 

Where there is no peace, you find backwardness, evil manipulation, envy, wickedness, and even death. Many people today who have died were as a result of a simple conflict they could not solve amicably among themselves. Then intimidation and hatred began. Before you know what happens, someone or more people will die in it.

 

Nothing kills more than an environment where there is no peace. When a couple lives in crisis, then sickness, high blood pressure, sleepless nights etc., begin to creep in. But a peaceful family is like heaven.

 

If you know what can bring trouble to your peaceful home, avoid it on time.

 

Peace is Very Important

 

 

In Matthew 5:20-26, Jesus says; “if you are about to offer your gift at the altar and you then remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar, go at once and make peace with him, and then come back and offer your gift to God”.

 

 

The question then is; β€œdoes it mean peace with the people we have wronged or have wronged us is more important than any gift we offer to God? What is truly behind peace? Why is Jesus always insisting on making peace? When He appeared to His disciples after the resurrection, the first gift he gave to them was “peace be with you”.

 

 

Peace is hardly found among us today. Many families, organizations, brothers and sisters, communities etc., are seriously living in crisis and quarrel.

 

 

This has led to many grave consequences. Imagine where people stay in peace and work with one heart? Imagine an environment where brothers decide to help each other to rise? Hence, imagine an organization that works without hatred and envy?

 

 

Certainly, there will be growth, peace and progress. It is time to resolve your conflicts and begin another chapter.

 

 

Beloved in this Lenten season, try and make peace with whoever you are in crisis with. Seriously, sometimes the people we are quarreling with, maybe the ones God has set on our path to help us.

 

 

Remember that God does not dwell where there is no peace. We can only find him in a peaceful heart as Elijah did in a gentle breeze.

 

 

When we try to live in peace, then we will understand why Jesus is insisting on that. Nothing surpasses this virtue. Take time and read Matthew 5:20-26 very well and meditate on it.

 

May God bless you dearest, and give us the grace to live in peace. May He make our life peaceful and guide us in all we do today. Amen.

 

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76 Comments
  1. Blessing Chilo says

    May your peace that surpasses all understanding be our guiding principle oh Lord through Christ our Lord Amen

  2. Obodo Onyinyechi says

    Amen! May be the peace of the lord continue to abide in our lives,families,Nigeria and the whole world… Amen!

  3. Obinna says

    Amen

    Thank you Fr.

  4. Mailoushi James says

    Amen, remain blessed Fr.

  5. Onyekonwu Ngozi says

    Amen. Thank you Jesus for another great day in your presence. Jesus I am nobody before you and I can do nothing without you. Please empower me to embrace peace in my life and also give out peace to anyone around me through Jesus Christ our Lord Amen.

  6. Nonye Maduka says

    Amen

  7. Eze, Blessing Chinasa says

    Amen. God, please make me an instrument of peace. May You give me the grace to apologise whenever I do wrong and to forgive whenever I am offended.

  8. Angela Madu says

    Amen

  9. Ada Ndubuisi says

    Amen

  10. Blessing Iortsugh says

    Amen and Amen , thank you fr. More grace.

  11. Nancy chizoba says

    Amen

  12. Atashie Nwaamaka says

    Amen

  13. Eluwa Chidinma Janefrances says

    Amen

  14. Ogwa Oluchi Rose says

    Amen

  15. Christian says

    Amen πŸ™

  16. Otokpa Elijah says

    Amen and God that surpasses every other in life

  17. Blessing Anne says

    Amen

  18. Chisom Egwudike says

    Amen

  19. Regina Mobu says

    Amen

  20. AWUZIE INNOCENT S. says

    Amen to your prayers fr.

  21. Ekwem Emmanuela Chiamaka says

    Amen and Amen

  22. Chioma Frances Egwuogu says

    Amen

  23. Mercy E Johnny says

    Amen, thank you Jesus , Lord Jesus make me an instrument of peace as prayed by St Francis of Assisi. Amen

  24. Okwuchi Juliet says

    Amen πŸ™

  25. Adichie Chizoba says

    Lord give me the grace take peace with people I am not in good terms with. Amen

  26. Mbama Christiana says

    Amen. Thank you Padre for this beautiful reflection

  27. Mirian igwe says

    Amen πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

  28. Gabriel-Martin says

    Amen Fr

  29. Ibekwe Nneamaka Constansia says

    Amen πŸ™

  30. Ibeawuchi Monica says

    Amen. Thank you fr. for this spiritual food

  31. Michael Jones says

    Amen.thank you father

  32. Stella Ekwemalor says

    Amen

  33. CHINEDO STANLEY says

    Amen

  34. Ezeagu Anuli says

    Amen πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™

  35. Mrs Nora Nkoli Anabiri says

    Amennnnnnn. My Lord and my God, please fill me with your peace, let me be at peace with everyone, guide me through the right path in Jesus most powerful name Amen

  36. Chinwe Agwoile says

    My Divine Jesus, genuine self-denial and righteousness that shun anger and insult, but which embrace peaceful and amicable reconciliation are what You demand from me. You want it more than my offering of money or any of my possessions.
    Lord, grant me the humility that seeks for reconciliation. Give me Your grace to go against my quarrelsome human nature and then adopt Your sweet forgiving divine nature.
    Thank You, Lord for making me realize that Forgiveness is a Condition for Inner Peace; that I need to forgive others, not because they deserve Forgiveness, but because I deserve Peace. Amen!
    Remain ever blessed, Padre!

  37. Mailoushi James says

    Amen, remain blessed Fr to the glory of God’s name, Amen

  38. Onyekonwu Ngozi says

    Amen! Thank you Jesus.

  39. Otokpa Elijah says

    Lord, help me to live peacefully

  40. Yolanda Malebatsane says

    Amen

  41. Boitumelo Malebatsane says

    Let peace reign in our house and life’s in jesus name amenπŸ™

  42. Odoh Nneka says

    Amen

  43. Okonkwo onyinye says

    AMEN

  44. Blessing Salifu says

    Amen πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™

  45. Eze Juliana Nkechi says

    Amen

  46. Anthonia Okonkwo says

    Amen.

  47. Beatrice Solomon says

    Amen. I need your peace Lord

  48. Angela Ekere says

    Amen

  49. Agina Uchenna says

    Amen!

  50. Grace Uba says

    Amen

  51. Vivian Elochukwu says

    Amen

  52. Anidiobi Sylvia Ngozi says

    Amen

  53. Oby Okpalaeke says

    Amen πŸ™

  54. Ogechi Oscar says

    Amen

  55. Stella Ekwemalor says

    Amen
    Good morning Padre
    Happy weekend
    Remain blessed

  56. Mbama Christiana says

    Amen and Amen. Thank so much father for this wonderful reflection.

  57. John says

    Amen πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

  58. Agudosi Cordelia chinyere says

    Amen

  59. Faleye Dora says

    AmenπŸ™

  60. AWUZIE INNOCENT S. says

    A big Amen fr.

  61. Munachimso onuoha says

    amen

  62. Godwin Odah says

    Amen πŸ‘
    The peace of Christ that surpasses all, is all I need from you oh Lord my God. Thank you Lord for giving us your peace.

  63. Regina Ajua Mobu says

    Amen

  64. Ifeoma Ugwueze says

    Amen

  65. Jane chuks says

    Amen!!!!

  66. Jane chuks says

    Amen!

  67. Onyeoma Ukamaka says

    Amen

  68. Ogbaji Patience says

    Amen

  69. Mariajacinta Ivoke says

    Amen

  70. Dr. Julie says

    Amen

  71. Dorothy Mary Iyinbor says

    Amen thanks Padre

  72. Michael Jones says

    Amen

  73. Udemezue Martina Mary says

    Amen

  74. Enibe Jacinta Amara says

    Amen

  75. Bibiana Uche Unachukwu and family says

    Amen

  76. Grace Yina says

    Amen

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