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No Room For Hate

For where two or three are gathered in My Name, there I am in the midst of them
Matthew 18:15-20

Sermon Topic Anger

Sermon Week Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 18:20


We have gathered in Jesus' Name and, truly, He is in the midst of us. He is here to help us deepen our relationship with God. He is here to show us how to experience God more fully in our lives. He is here to help us understand how our relationships with other people affect our relationship with God. He is here to teach us that when our relationships with other persons are sensitive, sincere and loving, the Power and the Love of God are released in us and begin to flow through us. He is here to warn us that a non-loving relationship literally can block God out of our lives and prevent His Power and Love from being released within us. In Jesus' own words,

You have heard the commandment imposed on your forefathers, "You shall not commit murder." ... What I say to you is, "Everyone who grows angry with his brother shall be liable to judgment" (Mt. 5:21).

"Anybody can become angry, that is easy," said Aristotle. "But to be angry with the right person, and to the right degree, and at the right time, and for the right purpose, and in the right way -- that is not within everybody's power and is not easy."

A certain pastor was fond of spending his "quiet time" on the golf course. "It is a splendid place to meditate," he said. He became such a good golfer that he decided to enter the local tournament. When his turn came to begin the opening round, he confidently placed his golf ball on the tee, got his club into position, began his swing and, at that crucial moment, the caddy sneezed. Totally distracted, the pastor topped the ball miserably and it dribbled only a few feet from the tee. He clenched his fist and bit his lip and glared at the embarrassed caddy, but he didn't speak. Whereupon, his opponent said to him, "Reverend, that is the most profane silence I have ever heard." Most avid golfers would agree, I am sure, that the pastor had difficulty directing his anger [...]

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