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Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament

Province of Saint Ann

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Daily Eucharistic Reflections

June 17, 2024

The Sermon on the Mount may be the most incredible homily ever given. The purpose of this proclamation by Jesus was to set out a set of principles as a guide to help us live in a manner pleasing to God. It is a list, a catalog, of what to do to merit eternal salvation. We are called to build up God’s kingdom here on earth. The sermon tells us how to be faithful, productive disciples. Our focus must be on Christ as our ideal.

Take a moment to put yourself on the scene. The area is crowded with people who desire to see Jesus, to hear him speak. How do you think this affected Jesus when he saw such throngs of admirers? There is definite excitement as Jesus begins to talk to and teach them. His voice, gestures, and mannerisms let the crowd know this is a momentous occasion. He speaks of the Beatitudes, of being salt and light to the world, of the law, of things like anger, adultery, taking oaths, retaliation, and loving our enemies.

Today’s gospel examines the old practice of doing to others what they have done to you. Jesus says not to retaliate but to give more than is expected, to be different. We are not permitted to get even. Instead of retaliation or revenge, we must endure and become more loving. How we react reveals who we serve and who guides our everyday thinking and actions. Becoming fairer will change our world, our lives, our ethics. We begin to love our enemies, to do good to those who hurt us.

Let us sincerely try to be more merciful and forgiving to those we dislike. Can you recall when you wanted to strike back but didn’t?

Let us pray:

Loving God, help us to see your image in the face of our enemies. We desire to see the face of the Father who gave you grace when no one else gave you a chance. You have forgiven us more than we will ever know. Help us to be as forgiving and loving as you, to become the new people of God who reach out to those around us. Amen.

 

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