Gospel for the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time—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 do the same.
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 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.’”
- Ponder the section of this passage that most applies to your life.
- As you look to Lent, how might that section help make your Lenten observance more meaningful?
- Give yourself a couple days to write out that section and, as a reminder, place it in a prominent spot on your desk, on your mirror, above your kitchen sink, or . . .
Heritage word—The divine word must be meditated upon, and meditation needs solitude and silence.”
(Mother Mary Antonie, 4thSuperior General of the Sisters of Notre Dame)