On Today’s Gospel

Posted: February 28, 2015 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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It is far easier to see the faults in others and to write them off. To stay far away from those who irritate us even if they are family. Afterall what we want is only peace and quiet. To be in company of those who love us and of whom we love.

Yet we ourselves want to be loved by God our Father afraid that we often do not measure up and are simply not good enough to be loved by Him. Still He loves us despite our imperfections and our many, many faults. And in His great love He sent His Son our Lord Jesus to save us from eternal death.

By virtue of our baptism we are consecrated unto Him. We are His children called to be Holy as our heavenly Father is Holy. To love as He loves. And so we are called to love one another despite our many faults and imperfections. To lead one another closer to eternal life with our Heavenly Father. Through Jesus our Lord. Amen

First reading
Deuteronomy 26:16-19

Moses said to the people: ‘The Lord your God today commands you to observe these laws and customs; you must keep and observe them with all your heart and with all your soul.
‘You have today made this declaration about the Lord: that he will be your God, but only if you follow his ways, keep his statutes, his commandments, his ordinances, and listen to his voice. And the Lord has today made this declaration about you: that you will be his very own people as he promised you, but only if you keep all his commandments; then for praise and renown and honour he will set you high above all the nations he has made, and you will be a people consecrated to the Lord, as he promised.’

Gospel
Matthew 5:43-48

Jesus said to his disciples, ‘You have learnt how it was said: You must love your neighbour and hate your enemy. But I say this to you: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you; in this way you will be sons of your Father in heaven, for he causes his sun to rise on bad men as well as good, and his rain to fall on honest and dishonest men alike. For if you love those who love you, what right have you to claim any credit? Even the tax collectors do as much, do they not? And if you save your greetings for your brothers, are you doing anything exceptional? Even the pagans do as much, do they not? You must therefore be perfect just as your heavenly Father is perfect.’

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