On Today’s Gospel

Posted: February 24, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Are you living your Christian calling?

By virtue of our baptism we are indeed a consecrated people unto the Lord our God. We have a higher calling and purpose, which sets us apart from non believers and any other religions. That is to be perfect as our Heavenly Father is perfect. Even if we never arrive completely we must strive at it continually. This means much sacrifice; to live out a heroic Christian life for others. To be merciful and loving as our Lord is even when we are hurt or wounded. To exercise corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

Are we Christian enough?

Lord Jesus be with us always. Help us stay true to our calling. Amen

First reading

Deuteronomy 26:16-19
You will be a people consecrated to the Lord

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.’


Matthew 5:43-48
Pray for those who persecute you

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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