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Matteüs 5,20-26

The Word of God

For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. ‘You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, “You shall not murder”; and “whoever murders shall be liable to judgement.” But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgement; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, “You fool”, you will be liable to the hell of fire. So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift. Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are on the way to court with him, or your accuser may hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. Truly I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.

Matteüs 5,20-26
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    • An bhfuil seomra príobháideach agam inar féidir liom casadh le Dia? An bhfuilim sásta go bhfeiceann Dia gach a ndéanaim?
    • Léirítear Ríocht Dé trí mo chleachtais phoiblí chreidimh, ach freisin trí mo ghníomha príobháideacha carthanachta agus trí mo ghníomha creidimh.
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    • Inniu, Céadaoin an Luaithridh, cuireann Críostaithe ar fud an domhain tús le séasúr peannaideach sona an Charghais. Pé rud a dhéanaimid le linn an Charghais, ba cheart dó muid a thabhairt níos cóngaraí do Íosa, agus muid a ullmhú chun a aiséirí a cheiliúradh um Cháisc.
    • Turas pearsanta i dteannta Íosa is ea an Carghas do dhuine. Pé socrú a dhéanaim le hÍosa maidir le rud breise a dhéanamh le linn na Cásca, nó maidir le staonadh ó rud áirithe, is gnó dúinn bheirt amháin é. Ní bhaineann sé le héinne eile, mar is rud pearsanta ar leith é an ghaolmhaireacht atá agam le hÍosa. Ní míreanna muid, an cine daonna, de dhaoscarshlua de na billiúin duine. Is duine ar leith gach aon duine dínn, agus sin mar atáimid os comhair Íosa.
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    • Is iad seo trí ghné thraidisiúnta na cráifeachta: déirc a thabhairt, urnaí a rá, troscadh a dhéanamh. Tá ionad tábhachtach ag gach ceann acu inár ngaol le Dia agus lena chéile. Ach is féidir go spreagfaí iad trí fhéinspéis intinne, a thaobh amháin, nó trí fhéile croí, ar an taobh eile. Braitheann ár rogha d’ábhar spreagtha ar an áit ar a mbíonn ár gcroí againn dírithe. An ar Dhia amháin atá mo chroí dírithe? Nó, an mian liom ar uaire moladh agus urraim a fháil as mo dhea-ghníomha?
    • Iarrtar orainn almsóireacht, urnai agus troscadh a dhéanamh faoi cheilt. Ach is cuidiú an dea-shampla. Pé rud a dhéantar le grá macánta neamhurchóideach, mairfidh sé go deo. Iarraim go bhfaighidh mé saoirse croí, a chuideoidh liom maireachtáil le grá gan cháim.
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    • Pregare, l'elemosina e il digiuno sono state le tre azioni previste per il pio Ebreo del tempo di Gesù '. Come aveva già detto, Gesù non è venuto ad abolire la Legge, ma per portarla alla perfezione, per portarla ad un livello superiore. Quindi insiste sul fare queste buone azioni senza essere visto e lodato da altri, ma 'in segreto', per il Padre che vede il cuore e ci premierà.
    • La nostra cultura consumistica pone grande attenzione su ciò che si vede esteriormente e spesso noi stessi siamo influenzati dalle azioni ampiamente pubblicizzate di celebrità, anche se sappiamo che la maggior parte di questa è solo una montatura artificiale. Così le parole di Gesù 'rimangono una vera e propria sfida per me, e io le faccio fare luce su mie azioni e scelte. Chiedo la purezza del cuore delle beatitudini e chiedo perdono per le frivolezze nelle mie scelte di vita.
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    • What motivates me, deepest down? Do I act solely to please God? The ‘hypocrites’ get a hard time from Jesus. They are people who pretend to be what they are not; they are actors, performing behind their masks. Is there any pretence about me? Do I ever catch myself telling small lies to give others a better impression of myself?
    • I must be content to be who I am. My deepest identity is not the one I create for myself but the identity given me by God. I am the beloved of God, and always will be. That is enough. The important person in my life must be not myself, nor others, but only God ‘who sees in secret’. God also knows my secret: that when everything is said and done, I am infinitely loved!
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    • The beginning of Lent is good news: that God is near and nothing can keep us from God. Jesus will find that himself later on. Anything we do of Lent is to bring us to God and believe the good news. Fasting, prayers and almsgiving are ways to God, not to misery. Even more: Whatever we do for these weeks is to enrich the lives of others.
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    • Do I have a secret room in which I meet God? Am I happy to have God see all that I do?
    • The Kingdom of God becomes visible through my public religious practices, and also through my private works of charity and acts of faith.
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    • Today, Ash Wednesday, Christians all over the world begin the penitential but joyous season of Lent. Whatever we do in Lent should bring us ever closer to Jesus, and prepare us to celebrate his resurrection at Easter.
    • Lent is a very personal journey in the company of Jesus. Whatever I agree with him to do or not to do, remains between him and me. It does not concern anyone else. I have a unique relationship with him; I am not part of a herd.
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    • Almsgiving, prayer and fasting are three classical expressions of piety. Each has an important place in our relationship with God and each other. But they can be motivated by selfishness or generosity. Key to our choices is where our hearts are. Is my heart set on God alone? Do I sometimes set out to get praise and admiration?
    • We are asked to carry out almsgiving, prayer and fasting in secret. Yet we are helped by good example. Whatever is done with sincere love will last eternally. I ask for a heart that is free, that enables me to live with sincere love.

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