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Perfect Righteousness

– Thursday 10th Week in Ordinary Time –

“For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” [Matthew 5:20:21]

What an opening line we are presented with in today’s Gospel! These words should stir up within us a renewed conviction. We are called to go beyond the bare minimum of simply doing what is right but to also truly embody ‘righteousness.’ This is only possible by committing ourselves to Christ and his perfect righteousness.

As Christians we are called not only to the summits but to the valleys. More than anyone, we know that ‘all that glistens is not gold’ and yet often we can get caught up in the appearance of holiness. We forget that the process of growing in holiness can often be a messy and somewhat turbulent process for some… there is no shame in that. However we are not called to hide this behind smoke and mirrors, we called to run to Christ and through faith attach ourselves wholeheartedly to him, to bring our emptiness to him and ask him to fill it.

It is through honesty and a constant surrendering to Christ that we are able to put into action those convictions of going beyond the appearance of righteousness and truly rising to all that we are called to… which is Heaven.

 

by Anne-Marie Williams


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