DEUTERONOMY 26:16-19; PSALM 118; MATTHEW 5:43-48
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” Beloved, we must love all people. We may not like it but that is what Christianity demands of us. We may not be comfortable showing love to those who hurt us with their ridicule and gossips but it’s basic a tenet in Christianity. Precisely because of this, the first reading reminds us that we shall inherit life as God has promised if and only if we keep his commandments. The Psalmist adds “They are happy who follow God’s law!”
LET US PRAY
Turn our hearts to you, eternal Father, and grant that, seeking always the one thing necessary and carrying out works of charity, we may be dedicated to your worship. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.