Cycle A

Good News A11b

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Matthew 5:17-37 New American Bible

Matthew 5:17-37 Bible Gateway New International Version


First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.”


            God forgives you.  He expects you to forgive your brother. You may argue with your brother. Your brother may do break something or do something that really makes you angry.  He may have made a mistake. You may think he was being stupid.  God wants you to forgive your brother and ask him to forgive you.  He wants you to be at peace with others before you offer him a gift at the altar.  The gift Jesus wants you to give at the altar is forgiveness. When you forgive your brother, your sister, and yourself, that is a wonderful gift that God treasures  All of God’s angels clap their hands and shout “Hurray” when you forgive your brothers and sisters in your family and all of God’s children through out the world. Each one of us makes mistakes in actions and in words.  When you forgive, God’s love will surround you and heal your body, mind, and spirit.  You will be blessed and full of God’s favor.

            Say the “Our Father” and say, “All praise and honor to you, heavenly Father and to your son, our Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen.”


“Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen.”


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