Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

My Reflection for Thursday September 12, Twenty-third week in Ordinary Time, Luke 6:27-38

Gospel: Luke 6:27-38
Jesus said to his disciples: “To you who hear I say, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. To the person who strikes you on one cheek, offer the other one as well, and from the person who takes your cloak, do not withhold even your tunic. Give to everyone who asks of you, and from the one who takes what is yours do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you. For if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you?

Even sinners do the same. If you lend money to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, and get back the same amount. But rather, love your enemies and do good to them, and lend expecting nothing back; then your reward will be great and you will be children of the Most High, for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as also your Father is merciful.

“Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven. Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.”
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My Reflection:
John was reflecting on these teachings of Jesus in our gospel and he said to himself, this is very hard to follow. These teachings are indeed very hard to follow, for example; how can we love our enemies, how can we do good to those who hate us, etc..?

But come to think of it, why is this gospel teachings of Jesus hard for us to follow? The answer is very simple.  It’s hard to follow for the reason that we are not faithful followers of Jesus. We are followers in name only not followers by words and deeds.

Since we are followers in name only, we don’t have yet in our hearts the true essence of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forbearance, forgiveness and love.

The root cause of our conflict with our fellowmen is the absence of obedience to these commands of Jesus. It’s about time therefore to truthfully follow what Jesus tells us in the gospel. Once we follow these commands of Jesus, we will be free from hatred, from any form of resentments in our hearts.

Let us all aspire to become faithful followers of Jesus. … 

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