Saturday, February 23

Lenten reading : easy words, hard deeds

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 and sisters only, what is unusual about that? Do not the unbelievers do the same? So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Mt. 5:43-48)

Again, there's no compact in scripture which says that it is easy to do these things; to return kindness for cruelty, love for hate, compassion for prejudice.  Doesn't mean we shouldn't....just an acknowledgement that is can be a difficult task some days.

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