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Daily Mass: Love your enemies. Catholic Inspiration

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“Love your enemies” is one of the toughest teachings of Jesus. Yet these words continue to show us a path forward in the face of hatred, violence and persecution…revealing that there is something that can heal our hearts and renew our lives: God’s love.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 11th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: God’s love in the face of riots, looting and fear. Catholic Inspiration

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The stress and tension of the recent riots, compounded by COVID-19 concerns, reveals the crucial need to carry out the love of Christ that we hear about in the Gospel of Mark today.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 9th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Love your enemies. Catholic Inspiration

It’s the classic test of the depth of our response to the Lord’s command…to be able to love those hostile people who make our lives painful and unbearable. Can we follow the example of Christ and love our enemies?

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 1st Week of the Year

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7th Sunday of the Year: Insights into Love. Catholic Inspiration

The commandment to love challenges us to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ. May we look to the example of the saints to love – event when it’s hard – as we draw near to the Lord and one another.

Mass Readings – 7th Sunday of the Year

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7th Sunday of the Year: Putting love into practice

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Study: Reflect on a moment when you felt completely and entirely loved.  How did that experience shape your life?

Pray: Is there a person in your life right now who is difficult to love?  Ask the Lord for an infusion of grace!

Serve: How can you say “I love you” with an action?  How can you show others the love in your heart?

Mass Readings – 7th Sunday of the Year

A couple of major themes surface in our readings this week:

  • 1st Reading – Be holy, and love your neighbor as yourself
  • Psalm – “The Lord is kind and merciful.”
  • 2nd Reading – You are the temple of God, which is holy
  • Gospel – Love your neighbor…and your enemy!

In the first reading and Psalm we see the Lord’s command to love one another.  This might catch some people by surprise; after all, the Old Testament is filled with examples where the people of God are anything but loving to those they encounter!  Point: love of neighbor is a clear commandment of God.

The Gospel of Matthew sets the bar higher as Jesus builds on this command and calls us to conversion.  We are not only called to love our neighbors and family, but we are also called to love our enemies and persecutors!  Like last week, Jesus takes the commandments of the Old Testament and moves far beyond them.  We are called to love with our whole heart…loving one another the way God loves us.

The second reading goes in a different direction.  We hear from St. Paul that our bodies are temples of the living God, and as such we encounter the Spirit of God in the person of everyone we meet.

A consideration for today: put the love of God into practice!  We are cherished, treasured, forgiven and esteemed by the Lord – who loves us even on our worst days.  Following this example we can act accordingly…loving those around us with the love of Jesus Christ.

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Note: This post was first published on February 13, 2017.


Daily Mass: Our love for God is revealed in our love for each other. Catholic Inspiration

The First Letter of John cuts through any warm and fuzzy notions of love with a decisive evaluation: we reveal our love for God through our love for one another. May this practical test guide and direct our actions, powered by the love of Christ.

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Daily Mass: Love your enemies…with the love of Christ. Catholic Inspiration

This command of Jesus will test us in the depth of our hearts!  Yet when we love our enemies we grow as disciples and become more and more like the Lord, who graces us with God’s love so we can put this teaching into daily practice.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 11th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Love (and pray for) your enemies. Catholic Inspiration

The command to “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” is perhaps one of the most challenging lines in the Bible.  Yet when we strive to carry this out we begin to conform our lives to Jesus, allowing his grace in us to make it possible.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 1st Week of Lent

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7th Sunday of the Year: Love your enemies. Catholic Inspiration

Yep, you heard that right.  Love your enemies.  Love one another when it’s hard and unpleasant and we don’t feel like it.  Love the people who push all our buttons and make us see red.  Love the people who have hurt us.  How?  By asking for the Love of Jesus Christ to dwell in our hearts.

Mass Readings – 7th Sunday of the Year

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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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