On Today’s Gospel

Posted: February 20, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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In the battlefield, when a soldier or an Officer disobeys a direct order he places himself and his fellow troopers in possible grave danger.

Similarly in the battle against evil, we need to be obedient to  God our Father’s commands and His law written on our hearts.  He the Lord our God is perfect in every way and so must we strive for perfection.

He does not see imperfections in us and is always lovingly at hand to help us with the challenges we face. We have been consecrated unto Him by our Baptism and Confirmation. And so likewise we should not see imperfections in our brethren but be on hand to lovingly help them through the challenges they face.

Lord Jesus You are perfect in every way! Guide me on my journey to perfection in You. 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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