7th Sunday of the Year: Love your enemies

Study:  Reflect on a time when you experienced mercy.  How did it feel to be forgiven and treated with kindness?

Pray:  Is there someone in your life who is difficult to love?  Pray for the wisdom and insight to act like Jesus.

Serve:  How can you bring help to a difficult and painful situation right now?

Mass Readings – 7th Sunday of the Year

Here’s a quick overview of the readings this week:

  • 1st Reading – David preserves Saul’s life
  • Psalm – “The Lord is kind and merciful.”
  • 2nd Reading – St. Paul offers a comparison between Adam and Jesus
  • Gospel – Love your enemies

The phrase “love your enemies” sounds great…until you have to do it.  When we have been wounded, mocked, ridiculed or wounded by another it is natural to cry out for justice.  Furthermore, there is something within us that longs to get even – to lash out and get back at another – even to the point of inflicting pain or getting revenge.

Clearly the Lord teaches us to go in a different direction with his exhortation to love.  After all, we are commanded to:

  • do good to those who hate us
  • bless those who curse us
  • pray for those who mistreat us
  • turn the other cheek
  • give without thought of repayment
  • stop judging and condemning
  • forgive

Now let’s be clear.  This is hard!  If our natural inclination is to strike out when we’ve been hurt, how do we find the strength to put the teaching of Jesus into practice?

The answer lies in Christ himself.  As we grow closer to the Lord we find that we receive the grace we need to love as he loves us.  For remember, when we hate, curse, mistreat, judge or condemn the Lord still loves us, forgives us, and invites us to come back into the light of his love.

If God is willing to do that for us, then my friends, today we pray for the grace to love others according to his example.

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About Fr. Andrew Ricci

A Catholic priest since 1997, Fr. Andrew Ricci is currently the rector of the Cathedral of Christ the King in Superior, WI. His website "Three Great Things" can be found at studyprayserve.com and his podcasts can be found under "Catholic Inspiration" in the iTunes store. View all posts by Fr. Andrew Ricci

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