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Jesus Said to His Disciples…Love Your Enemies

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Jesus said to His Disciples:

“You have heard that it was said,
You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.
But I say to you, love your enemies
and pray for those who persecute you,
that you may be children of your heavenly Father,
for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good,
and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.
For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have?
Do not the tax collectors do the same?
And if you greet your brothers only,
what is unusual about that?
Do not the pagans do the same?
So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” — Gospel MT 5:43-48

God seeks our highest good and teaches us to seek the greatest good of others, even those who hate and abuse us. Our love for others, even those who are ungrateful and selfish towards us, must be marked by the same kindness and mercy which God has shown to us. It is easier to show kindness and mercy when we can expect to benefit from doing so. How much harder when we can expect nothing in return. 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 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. Do you know the power of Christ’s redeeming love and mercy?

God gives us every good gift in Jesus Christ so that we may not lack anything we need to do his will and to live as his sons and daughters (2 Peter 1:3). He knows our weakness and sinfulness better than we do. And he assures us of his love, mercy, and grace to follow in his ways. Do you want to grow in your love for God and for your neighbor? Ask the Holy Spirit to change and transform you in the image of the Father that you may walk in the joy and freedom of the Gospel.

“Lord Jesus, your love brings freedom and pardon. Fill me with your Holy Spirit and set my heart ablaze with your love that nothing may make me lose my temper, ruffle my peace, take away my joy, nor make me bitter towards anyone.”

August 5, 2014

Was the Miracle of the loaves and fishes really a miracle? Matthew shares the importance of this Gospel event on our understanding of the Holy Eucharist. Plus – how to love our enemies.

April 01, 2014

Matthew shares of the gospel readings of both the Ordinary and Extraordinay forms for this Latare Sunday – the Healing of the Man Born Blind and the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes – and how they relate to our lives today.

September 8, 2013 – “Magnificat – The Canticle of Our Lady throughout the Ages”

Outside of the words of the Mass, few sacred texts have been set to music as often as the Magnificat, the Canticle of Mary. These beautiful words of Our Lady from the Gospel of Saint Luke have inspired composers for hundreds of years, right up to our own time. This program will feature different musical settings of the Magnificat in Latin and in English from different historical eras, all programmed to honor Our Lady on the Feast of her Nativity.

January 9, 2013 – Why Be Catholic? (Hector Molina, guest speaker)

This episode will address the following questions: “Why should I listen to a Church that makes all of these rules that inhibit my freedom to do what I want?” and “What’s the big deal about being Catholic and why does it matter?” After examining the truth and beauty of Divine Revelation, Deacon Harold and Catholic evangelist Hector Molina will show how we unite ourselves to Jesus in an intimate and personal way through the sacraments and how we can spread the Gospel by the witness of our lives.