MY daily reflection and prayer:
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time
Dear my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today according to St. Matthew 5: 43-48
Jesus said to his disciples: “You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brothers only, what is unusual about that? Do not the pagans do the same? So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
AS I stated yesterday, also in today’s Gospel reading we find Jesus Christ who urges us to do a radical new demand. He teaches us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us.
We call it agape. It is love as goodwill, benevolent love that cannot be conquered, a love that wills only the good for the person loved. St. John Paul II remarks that to love someone with truly benevolent love is to will God for them, since God is the supreme good of each human person. It is absolutely true love without self-interest.
In the Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist we adore Jesus Christ who has shown his best example in loving those hate and pray those persecute him. He gives us encouragement in the midst of our own failures in charity and our human weaknesses.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, help us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. Help us to be a better witness of Christian charity so that the world will believe in you. We pray for those with whom we are experiencing difficulties and do an act of charity for them now and forever. Amen.
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