Jesus is setting a standard today that is extremely challenging. Unless we are better than the best at keeping the law, we cannot enter the kingdom of heaven. Often, we come away with a bad opinion of Pharisees, because they were the constant adversaries of Jesus. They were wrong in rejecting Him, but they were pretty decent people and devoted to keeping the Law. They were committed to doing righteous acts. They were good, but not perfect.
Christ’s righteousness was absolute and perfect! In trying to emulate this, Jesus gives us an example to work on: forgiving those in our lives. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is our forgiveness with God, but we must make up with our families, neighbors, and friends to be following God’s law.
During this season of Lent, are we ready to examine our lives and reconciling with our families and with God?
We pray for the strength to be the best in doing God’s work. Only then can we meet the standard set by Jesus and enter the kingdom of heaven.
About Father Jilson Tom, C.S.C.
Father Jilson Tom, C.S.C. is from the Northeast India Province of Holy Cross. A native of Kerala, Father Jilson has been serving in a parish and school ministry since his ordination twelve years ago. He joins the Family Rosary team as an Assistant, while he works to study Pastoral Counseling in the Boston area. With a personal devotion to Mother Mary, Father Jilson is thrilled to be working to enhance family prayer through the Rosary. And if you ever need a listening ear or want to play a board game, Father Jilson’s your guy!