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

Monday, June 13, 2016

Reflection for June 14, Tuesday of the Eleventh Week in OT; Matthew 5:43-48

Gospel: Matthew 5:43-48
Jesus said to his disciples: “You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brothers only, what is unusual about that? Do not the pagans do the same? So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
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It’s very easy to love those who love us back but can we still love those whose  love for us is declining?

During the infancy of marriage both spouses love each other deeply. But after a couple of years cracks will show up to test the strength of the marriage bond. For example, the spouse will not be affectionate anymore he would not be as what he used to be during the early part of marriage.

Will you easily give-up on your spouse whose love for you is waning? Of course not! You should rather continue on loving your spouse no matter his/her coldness to you. You should never give up and try to understand his/her imperfections and shortcomings for the simple reason that you also have your own imperfections and shortcomings.

Jesus’ love for us is not a selective love, love that is not based on the love that we give to Him. He loves us dearly in-spite of our many imperfections and shortcomings. – Marino J. Dasmarinas      

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