You have heard that it was said to the men of old, ‘You shall not kill; and whoever kills shall be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that every one who is angry with his brother shall be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother shall be liable to the council, and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be liable to the hell of fire. So if you are offering your gift at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” (Mt 5: 21-24)

Do comments made online, in the exchanges we have in blogs, under YouTube-videos, and various social media “count”? How about comments made about celebrities or politicians, this election-year? I’m wondering about this, as I prepare to go to Divine Liturgy.

And I’m thinking – Let me take down a notch any anger or “passion” I may tend to justify, when talking or writing about divisive issues. It hinders my usefulness to others, to any “cause” I choose to serve, and makes me incapable of “offering” to God. “Let us love one another, that with oneness of mind we may confess: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Trinity, one in essence and undivided.”

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