MY daily reflection and prayer. September 11, 2014
Here is the Gospel for us today, according St. 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.”
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to You Lord, Jesus Christ.
Love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who mistreat you!
How excellent is the word of Jesus for us today! It’s extraordinary great!! It makes Christians different and makes Christianity distinct from any other religion. It is grace to treat others as God wishes them to be treated with loving-kindness and mercy, not as we think and want to.
Jesus Christ is good to all, the unjust as well as the just. He teaches us to seek the greatest good of others. Even He invites us to love, do good to, bless and pray for those who hate and abuse us. Oh, how can it be done?
We must do it well. The measure is God Himself who loves everybody, the saints as well as the sinners. So Jesus emphisize it saying, “Be merciful, just as also your Father is merciful.”
We must love others, even those who cause us harm or ill-will. It is not easy, guys! It is easier for us to show kindness and mercy to those who love us. But this is our vocation as the followers of Jesus Christ.
How can we love those who hate us? First of all, be merciful and do good to them all. Second, bless and pray for them. Third, stop judging and condemning then forgive them. We must forgive and then we will be forgiven. Giving and forgiving are the two wings of prayer on which it flies to God that we are able to love those who cause us harm and curse us.
In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, we bless and pray for those who hate and curse us. In my experience, Perpetual Adoration is the power of love to do good in the face of evil. In the name of Jesus, all things are possible. He gives power and grace to those who believe in and accept the gift of the Holy Spirit. Let’s find His love that conquers all, even our hurts, fears, prejudices and grieves so we can love, bless and pray for our enemies.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, pour Your Holy Spirit in our hearts and set our hearts free with Your merciful love that we can love those who hate us. Although it’s not easy for us but we believe in You there is nothing possible to do. May we forgive those who trespass against us. Deliver us from every evil, now and forever. Amen.
Girli Kebon Dalem
“abdi Dalem palawija”
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