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Teaching about Anger Matthew 5:20-26 The Gospel today begins the focus on the contrast between the holiness ascribed to the scribes and Jesus’ teaching about God’s will for human relationships. In the first of the six antitheses Jesus tells his followers that it is not enough to avoid committing murder. They must set aside anger and any behavior that might lead to murder. They must always be willing to reconcile. Prayer: Help me to name and claim not only my anger, but even the smallest irritation toward my sisters and brothers. Even if my efforts to reconcile are not acknowledged or reciprocated, help me to let go and love like you.