Posted by: livingscripture | June 14, 2011

Eleventh Tuesday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day 

I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father.

                          Matthew 5: 44                                                                

How should we live this Word

The Readings of this week’s liturgy continue with Jesus’ teaching His disciples.  Today’s theme is universal love.  Those who follow Jesus must imitate the unlimited love of the Father.  He does not have enemies, only children.  We are children of God only if we recognize and receive Him as Father.  All that we are and have come from him but our response of human love does not go beyond our ego.  Gratuitous love seems almost impossible.  Only our relation in Jesus gives us the capacity to overcome ourselves and love everyone because we have all be created and redeemed by God, notwithstanding the apparent goodness or evil of their lives.  This teaching can only be understood if we have a true Father-child rapport with God                                                   

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will view my situation in the light of Jesus’ teaching.  It can often happen that, although we try to live an authentic Christian life, we find ourselves in situations so repellent that we are unable to distinguish between the evil to be hated and combated and the persons responsible who are to be saved. Jesus teaches us that only love can conquer evil 

Lord Jesus, You came to save all sinners and all of us are in that category.  Help me to believe that each person has an eternal destiny.  My relationship as a child of the Father and my attitude of love towards all is a spiritual energy that can change our world.

The voice of Pope John Paul II 

The risen Lord offers the gift of His forgiving love which reconciles and opens the soul to hope, to humanity that often seems lost and dominated by the power of evil.  Love converts hearts and gives peace.  What great need the world has to understand and to welcome Divine Mercy.

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