Gospel Lk 6:27-38
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Feast days for the coming week:
Sunday – Feb. 24 – Bl. Luke Belludi
Monday – Feb. 25 – Bl. Sebastian of Aparicio
Tuesday – Feb. 26 – St. Maria Bertilla Boscardin
Wednesday – Feb. 27 – St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows
Thursday – Feb. 28 – Bl. Daniel Brottier
Friday – Mar. 01 – St. David of Wales
Saturday – Mar. 02 – St. Agnes of Bohemia
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Give and forgive – the two wings of prayer
Augustine of Hippo (354-430 AD) describes Jesus double precept to give and forgive as two essential wings of prayer:
“Forgive and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given you. These are the two wings of prayer on which it flies to God. Pardon the offender what has been committed, and give to the person in need” (Sermon 205.3). “Let us graciously and fervently perform these two types of almsgiving, that is, giving and forgiving, for we in turn pray the Lord to give us things and not to repay our evil deeds” (Sermon 206.2).
Bless and do not curse
Our prayer for those who do us ill both breaks the power of revenge and releases the power of love to do good in the face of evil. How can we possibly love those who cause us harm or ill-will? With God all things are possible. He gives power and grace to those who believe in and accept the gift of the Holy Spirit. His love conquers all, even our hurts, fears, prejudices and griefs. Only the cross of Jesus Christ can free us from the tyranny of malice, hatred, revenge, and resentment and gives us the courage to return evil with good. Such love and grace has power to heal and to save from destruction. That is why Paul the Apostle tells those who know the love and mercy of Jesus Christ to “bless and not curse.. nor take revenge.. and to overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:14,17,21). Do you know the power of God’s love, mercy, and righteousness (moral goodness) for overcoming evil with good?
Daily Quote from the early church fathers: The virtue of charity, by Ambrose of Milan, 339-397 A.D.
“Love is commanded when it is said, ‘Love your enemies’” so that the saying which was uttered already before the church may be fulfilled: ‘Set in order love in me’ (Song of Solomon 2:4). For love is set in order when the precepts of love are formed. See how it began from the heights and cast the law underneath the backs of the Gospel’s blessing. The law commands the revenge of punishment (see Exodus 21:23-36). The gospel bestows love for hostility, benevolence for hatred, prayer for curses, help for the persecuted, patience for the hungry and grace of reward. How much more perfect the athlete who does not feel injury!” (excerpt from EXPOSITION OF THE GOSPEL OF LUKE 5.73)
Text and reflections, courtesy and used with permission – http://dailyscripture.servantsoftheword.org
“Lord Jesus, your love brings freedom and pardon. Fill me with your Holy Spirit and set my heart free with your merciful love that nothing may make me lose my temper, ruffle my peace, take away my joy, nor make me bitter towards anyone.”
There will be a time of Eucharistic Adoration on the First Friday of every month. It will take place at Our Lady of the Assumption Church following the 9:00 am Mass and end with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 11:00 am. All are welcome to join us for a time of silent prayer and adoration before Our Eucharistic Lord.