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First Reading for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

Sirach 27:30-28:7

Summary: Release anger and forgive others to ensure your own sins are forgiven, recalling death and God's commandments as motivations to cease sinning and live in peace.

Letting Go of Anger

Wrath and anger are hateful things, yet the sinner hugs them tight.

The vengeful will suffer the LORD’s vengeance, for he remembers their sins in detail.

Forgive your neighbor’s injustice; then when you pray, your own sins will be forgiven.

Could anyone nourish anger against another and expect healing from the LORD?

Could anyone refuse mercy to another like himself, can he seek pardon for his own sins?

If one who is but flesh cherishes wrath, who will forgive his sins?

Remember your last days, set enmity aside; remember death and decay, and cease from sin!

Think of the commandments, hate not your neighbor; remember the Most High’s covenant, and overlook faults.

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