First Reading: Lv. 19: 1-2, 17–18
Responsorial Psalm: Ps. 103: 1-4, 8, 10, 12-13
Second Reading: 1 Cor. 3: 16-23
Gospel: Mt. 5: 38-48
The call to be holy is a summons to pattern our ways on the ways of God. The remembrance of who God is and who we are because we belong to God is the theme of today’s readings. Each of the readings gives us insights into the nature of God’s love. Psalm 103 especially glories in God’s love for us with descriptions like – benefits, pardons, heals, redeems from destruction, crowns with kindness and compassion, slow to anger, merciful and gracious, as a father…
Finally, in the Gospel, Jesus challenges us to love like that – to imitate God and give priority to other’s welfare first.
Gracious and loving Father/Mother God, we entrust all our life to your mercy and kindness. Give us the spirit of respect and compassion for all peoples, and lift up our efforts to love to be like those of your Son Jesus who loved us to his death. Amen.
Mary Ann Stoffregen, osf