SUNDAY READINGS AND
1st READING (Leviticus
Theme: You must love
your neighbours as yourself.
2nd READING (1st
Theme: All are your
servants, but you belong to Christ and Christ belongs to God.
GOSPEL (Matthew 5:38-48)
Theme: Love your
TODAY’S REFLECTION – DO YOU LOVE AND
PRAY FOR YOUR NEIGHBOURS AND ENEMIES?
first reading and Gospel stressed on one thing- Love which includes love for
your neighbours and your enemies. The second reading talked about divine wisdom,
which is wisdom beyond physical and also about the temple of the Holy Spirit,
which is our body.
reading stressed on love for neighbor. Before I talk about this, I will first
explain who your neighbor is to clear all mis –interpretation.
Who is Your Neighbour?
is anybody you interact with, either directly or indirectly. By direct
interaction, I mean those living or staying very close to you, either in your
place of work, house, etc. it could be a relation or someone not related to
you. By indirect interaction, I mean those you meet suddenly or impromptu. This
definition is a comprehensive one and is aimed at clearing any mis
comprehension about neigbourhood.
you today not to bear hatred for your brother in your heart, rather, openly
tell your neighbour of his offenses in a way that you would not bring sin upon
you. Also, he warns you not to assert vengeance, rather leave it for God
because, “Vengeance is his.” Above
all Love your Neighbour as yourself.
really love and pray for your neighbours?
Gospel, Jesus condemned taking of vengeance on your friends and enemies. He
tried to modify the Law of Moses, which says, “Eye for Eye and toth for tooth”,
but he never condemned the law. Moses himself gave such law for the fear of the
people of Israel.
encourages forgiveness and perseverance. He says,
“If anyone hits you on the
right cheek, offer him the other as well.”
Though this is very difficult for
men. But another interpretation of this point is that when someone hits you on
your right cheek, turn through your left cheek and walk away. Jesus was only
trying to condemn retaliation or vengeance.
How often do
you forgive your neighbours and enemies?
second reading, St. Paul tried to remind you that your body is the temple of
the Holy Spirit and therefore must be kept holy. You can only keep your body
holy by avoiding sins and occasions of sin like sexual immorality, frequenting to night parties, theft, etc. He also made it known that before
you can acquire divine wisdom, you must learn to be a fool because the wisdom
of men is foolishness before God. So before you can receive wisdom from God you
must admit your nothingness.
Is your body
a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable before the holy spirit?
ready to receive divine wisdom from God?