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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: March 14, 2014 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Our heavenly Father loves us and wants us to have and experience all He has to offer us.  To do so we must be obedient to His commandments  and His Will for us which keeps us from evil and Sin.

Jesus in today’s Gospel teaches us to love,  a much deeper profound love. To love our enemies, our neighbours even strangers. In a sense we are called to love with a divine love, the love our Father has for us.  And we are able to do so through Him, so long as we strive to be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect.  He knows our limitations and hardships, but the call to perfection is in the trying, to grow and not to remain still, to reach the maturity where we will bear much fruit.

Lord Jesus have mercy on us for the many times we fall into Sin, help us to overcome all our addictions and temptations and strengthen us against evil.  As we strive daily to heed Your call to holiness.  Amen

FIRST READING

Deuteronomy 26:16–19

GOSPEL
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 and sisters only, what is unusual about that? Do not the pagans do the same? So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: March 14, 2014 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

forgive us as we forgiveHow often have you heard someone say I will forgive but I won’t forget! Or practised this yourself? God’s mercy and love is such that He forgives us totally with no record for recollection. Our transgressions are wiped totally clean for we have come before Him with a contrite heart and spirit. How can we do any less for our brother or sister who are contrite for the hurts and pains they have caused us? How can we withhold forgiveness or hold to the memory of the sin against us? For us to be forgiven by our merciful God we too must be merciful to our brethren without reservation.

Uncontrolled anger and Unforgiveness is not the way of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and leads to our downfall and into deeper sin. Instead we should bring it all to the Lord who will give us the wisdom, courage and love to release it all. To experience His love and peace and be transformed as to share His peace and love with everyone.

Teach us O Lord to forgive as You forgive, help us remember that the one who sin against us is still our brother or sister who belongs to the same family of God. And continue to lead us and protect us from evil as we strive to turn away from sin and remain faithful to the Gospels.  Amen

FIRST READING
Ezekiel 18:21–28

GOSPEL
Matthew 5:20–26

Jesus said to his disciples:
“I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter into the Kingdom of heaven.

“You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment. But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment, and whoever says to his brother, Raqa, will be answerable to the Sanhedrin, and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ will be liable to fiery Gehenna. Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Settle with your opponent quickly while on the way to court. Otherwise your opponent will hand you over to the judge, and the judge will hand you over to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. Amen, I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.”