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Thursday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time (YEAR 2013)

Meditation on Today's Scripture:
God seeks our highest good and teaches us to seek the most 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 to us ill both breaks the power of revenge and releases the power of love to do good in the face of evil. With God all things are possible. He gives power and grace to those who believe in and accept the gift of the Holy Spirit. His love conquers all, even our hurts, fears, prejudices and grief. 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.
Word of the Day...
Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again, Rejoice!
Prayer ...
Heavenly Father, thank you for always being there and knowing what is on our heart and caring for us in ways that we cannot even imagine. We long to know you face to face and share in the unbridled joy of heaven with you. Until then, we truly rejoice because we know our future is in your hands! Thank you in the name of Infant Jesus our Lord. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (September 12, 2013)
Day: Thursday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time (YEAR 2013)
Lectionary: 440
Colour: Green
First Reading: Col 3:12-17
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 150:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6
Second Reading: NIL
Gospel: Luke 6:27-38
Listen to Reading:
Today's Scripture: Luke 6:27-38
27"But I say to you that hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. 29 To him who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from him who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. 30 Give to every one who begs from you; and of him who takes away your goods do not ask them again. 31 And as you wish that men would do to you, do so to them. 32 "If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 35 And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. 35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the selfish. 36Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. 37 "Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; 38 give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For the measure you give will be the measure you get back."


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