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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

February 27 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Deuteronomy 26:16-19
Psalm 119:1-2, 4-5, 7-8
Matthew 5:43-48

A reflection on today's Scripture:

But I say to you, love your enemies. . . .(Matthew 5:44)

A new standard--it is no longer enough to love those who will love you back. It is insufficient to give love anonymously and quietly. No, Jesus calls us to a radical new way of love.

We are to love our enemies--whoever they might be. We may not even know who it is we are called to love until something happens. The people who ran into your car, the inconsiderate neighbors who play their music way too loud at night and keep you awake, or people who may have done us even more grievous and serious harm. We must love them as well.

Learning to love means moving away from our old understanding and into the new understanding Jesus has for us. His command is for us to love as His Father loves. If you think about it, we were all the Father's enemies--sinners, people who chose our own way--people who chose, whether knowingly or not, to hurt Him--to hurt Him by demanding His Son.

And He loved us and gave us His Son--for all eternity. He has loved His enemies and made them His family, His own only children. And that is the type of love each of us is called to for all of our enemies--selfless, completely unconditional.

As we move in Love through this Lent, let us fashion our own Love after the Father's. Let us be prepared to love others as He has loved us.

~ JuandelaCruz | email: sriddle415(at)yahoo(dot)com

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Saturday of the First Week of Lent

Lives of the saints:

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