Thursday of the Twenty Third Week of Ordinary Time

Readings: 1Cor. 8:1b-7, 11-13 | Ps. 139:1b-3, 13-14, 23-24 | Lk. 6:27-38

Jesus teaches us the ultimate of love today. We are to go beyond what the world teaches us, yes, even to the extent of loving our enemies. That is extremely difficult especially when everything we see and hear seems to take us in the opposite direction. Jesus calls us to develop large hearts, hearts full of compassion and hearts that will not exclude anyone. If we forgive others, we will be forgiven. If we put others’ needs ahead of our own, God will in turn provide for us. Jesus promises that we will be rewarded with great abundance.

Who are the people in your life who need forgiveness? How can you show compassion?
To whom might you be more open to today? Ask God to gift you with all you need to respond with love to others.

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