foot in mouth

The Catholic Calendar for Thursday, June 14, 2007
Thursday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture from today’s Liturgy of the Word:
2 Corinthians 3:15—4:1, 3-6
Psalm 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14
Matthew 5:20-26

A reflection on today’s Sacred Scripture:

Every now and then we put our foot in our mouths and say something foolish, which we later regret.

Then later it dawns on us we might have offended the other person with our thoughtlessness. So, when the shoe’s on the other foot, we must remind ourselves that people don’t deliberately set out to hurt us and that their tactless comments are almost certainly as unintentional as our own.

Sometimes though, when we’re stressed or angry and won’t see another’s point of view, we may knowingly say something cutting. We walk away and leave them licking a wound we inflicted. This must be straightened out immediately, Jesus teaches in today’s Gospel, “Settle with your opponent quickly.” (Matthew 5:25)

It takes real humility to say we’re sorry. But if we expect to be forgiven, we must forgive. And if we expect Jesus to hear our prayers, we must do what He taught His disciples, and approach Him with righteousness. We must always take the initiative in making peace. “If you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” (Matthew 5:23-24)

Elizabeth Tichvon


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