Let us pray, Jesus loving our enemies is hard it involves forgiveness, it involves letting go of our pride and learning how to love like you do, but we can only do that through your name, so GOD please give us the ability to love like you do without limits or borders. Amen
Jesus said to his disciples:
“I tell you,
unless your righteousness surpasses that
of the scribes and Pharisees,
you will not enter into the Kingdom of heaven.
“You have heard that it was said to your ancestors,
You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment.
But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother
will be liable to judgment,
and whoever says to his brother, Raqa,
will be answerable to the Sanhedrin,
and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ will be liable to fiery Gehenna.
Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar,
and there recall that your brother
has anything against you,
leave your gift there at the altar,
go first and be reconciled with your brother,
and then come and offer your gift.
Settle with your opponent quickly while on the way to court.
Otherwise your opponent will hand you over to the judge,
and the judge will hand you over to the guard,
and you will be thrown into prison.
Amen, I say to you,
you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.” (MT 5:20-26)
“…for everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds…..” (Mt 7: 7)
Loving and forgiving God. We thank you for your unlimited forgiveness. You are all forgiving of others and of us. Thank you for that!Help us to do the same. Amen.
Have a great day!
Lord, during this Lenten season, may we repent from the ways of the world and live more in your presence... May we always realize You are personally present to us..
Lord Jesus, may your love rule in my heart that I may think and act with charity towards all. Amen.
“This is the sign that I am giving for all ages to come, of the covenant between me and you and every living creature with you. I set my rainbow in the clouds to serve as a sign of the covenant…” (GN 9:12,13)
“If you remove from your midst oppression, false accusation and malicious speech; if you bestow your bread on the hungry and satisfy the afflicted; then light shall rise for you in the darkness, and the gloom shall become for you like midday; then the Lord will guide you always and give you plenty even on the parched land." (Is 58:9b)
Dear Lord, help me to move through the struggle and pain of fasting this lent to arrive at a new depth of your life on Easter Sunday. Amen.
“The essence of heroism is to die so that others might live.”
"Blow the trumpet in Zion! Proclaim a fast, call an assembly, gather the people..." (Joel 2:15 )
Loving God, help us to be patient and not give into frustration. Help us not to frustrate you! Amen.
“Why are you so resentful and crestfallen. If you do well, you can hold up your head; but if not, sin is a demon lurking at the door: his urge is toward you, yet you can be his master.” (Gn 4:5-6)
In the Gospel we see the compassion and wisdom of Jesus.
He did not drive away a man who had broken the law, as the leper had no right to have spoken to him, but Jesus met the desperation of human need with an understanding compassion. Jesus touched the leper, he touched the man who was unclean. To Jesus he was not unclean; he was simply a human soul in desperate need.
Today's reading reminds us of one of our greatest weaknesses. When we have done something wrong, we come up with all kinds of good reasons to justify the evil that we have done. And then we do all we can to shift the blame on to someone else.
O my Jesus thank you for touching our mouths to speak to you, our ears to listen to you and our hearts to know You. Bless us this day as we walk in your name and proclaim you to the world. Amen
Lord, we thank you for our differences; we thank you for the things that make each of us unique in physical appearance and in genetic makeup. We revel in the beauty of your creation that spreads human likeness over such a broad array of beautiful faces. We ask that you watch over all of us as we interact with one another and that you guide us constantly to a more equal, peaceful, and precious world. We ask this through our brother who loves us, Christ Jesus. Amen.
Lord, we are often like lost sheep and need your presence in our lives in order to remain grounded in our faith and love. Forgive the times we let sin burden our minds and give us the confidence in discovering your Word as truth and hope in all we do. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
"God created humans in God’s image; in the divine image God created them; male and female God created them. God blessed them..." (Genesis 1:27-28a)
“How manifold are your works, O Lord! In wisdom you have wrought them all. The earth is FULL of your creatures; Bless the Lord. O my soul. Alleluia. May the Lord be glad in his works,” (PS:104 35c) indeed!
"I have made myself a slave to all
so as to win over as many as possible.
To the weak I became weak, to win over the weak.
I have become all things to all." (1 Cor 9:19)
Lord, in the darkness and shadows of my life, never leave me. Be my light and my hope. Amen.
Lord, look after those in our world who are being actively persecuted for believing in you. Show them the strength of your love and fortify their faith, that they may stand strong in their belief and be an example for all around them. Use them as instruments of your love, and if they should face death, strengthen their resolve and reward them with the light of your promise of paradise by welcoming them into your kingdom. Finally, guide us along pathes that help us to avoid persecuting others.
We ask all this through your Son, Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.
He told them not to take anything with them, but a walking stick….no food, no sack, no money. They could wear sandals but not a second tunic. Stay at the houses that welcome you, but when they don’t, shake the dust from your feet and leave there. So they went off and preached repentance.
"The Messiah would come in the power of the Holy Spirit to bring freedom to those oppressed by sin and evil (Isaiah 61:1-2).