Love: The Perfect Plan for a Divine Inheritance
Malvern Minute

 

June 20, 2017 – Tuesday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time

I give you a new commandment: love one another as I have loved you. Alleluia!

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

A reading from the holy Gospel according to 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.”
 

Reflect: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father. Let’s pause for a minute and consider who our enemies are and who is making our life miserable.  Can we truly love and pray for those people? For most of us, it isn’t easy to say “yes” to that question. When we feel that we’ve been treated unjustly or that someone hurt us to the core, we tend to hold grudges or harbor resentment.  Jesus says that if we really want to follow God and be children of the heavenly Father, then we’ve got to change our perspective and take on a new attitude toward our enemies. Jesus is also saying, between the lines, that if we want to be one with him, to be united to his Sacred Heart, then we have to go the extra mile; we’ve got to love in extraordinary ways. It’s a challenging task, but Jesus and his grace will guide us through. It’s a challenging response to life, but it is the way of healing, of transformation, and salvation – for ourselves and others.  Love: the perfect plan for a divine inheritance.

Questions: Who are my enemies that I need to love and pray for today? What do I have to lose if I resist this lesson from Jesus? What is more important to me: being faithful to the way of the world, or to the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

Pray: Loving God, you are my strength. I turn to you because I am often weak in my ability to love and forgive. Help me to find hope and peace in being faithful to your commands so that I can live in your grace and be an instrument of transformation for good in the world – a building block for your Kingdom on earth. I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

O Lord, hear my voice, for I have called to you; be my help. Do not abandon or forsake me, O God, my Savior!                                     

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