"You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.' But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment." In this way Jesus began to teach about his take on the commands of God (Matthew 5:21-22).
If we examine our conscience and decide that our conscience is clear according to the commandment "Thou shalt not kill", we deceive ourselves if we are angry with someone. We don't need to go so far as killing to break that commandment. Many of us harbor old anger or resentment toward a co-worker, family member, school mate or teacher, a boyfriend or girlfriend, or former spouse. It makes no difference how old the anger is. If we are still harboring it, we are still killing the person and holding them (and ourselves) bound with it. When we decide to forgive the person, we set them free and, in the process, set ourselves free too.
For reflection: Am I harboring an old resentment? Who can I set free today from my captivity?
Let us pray. Jesus, I have not killed anyone, but I have been angry for a long time with (name). S/he hurt me badly. I'm sorry for holding on to this so long, but without your grace I cannot forgive. Please give me your grace of forgivenes today