Saturday, March 15, 2014

Saturday of the First Week
Moses speaks of the sacred as a blessing to be cherished.  Sacredness is reverence and respect.  God holds each person as holy, all of us, no exceptions. 

Psalm 119 reminds us that innocence is a path of blessing.  Innocence resides in our intention when encountering the challenges of life and seeks to walk with forgiveness and understanding.  God’s blessedness is a protection when we walk with a pure heart trusting in God’s grace. 

In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus calls us to a radical transformation of our human nature.  He instructs us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us.  There are millions who suffer persecution, the systematic mistreatment of an individual inflicting suffering.  The natural human response to persecution is anger, resentment or even hatred.  Jesus encounters our humanity and says, “Wait a minute.”  Only love heals the hurt caused in relationship.  Forgiveness is the only healing response to persecution.  Love and forgiveness together is the only path to authentic relationship and community. 

Rather than an unreachable paradox, Jesus offers us the key to our happiness as well as our salvation.

Beloved God, show us the path of love and forgiveness so that Your healing light may shine in our hearts as witness to Your living presence among us.  Blessed Jesus, may we love one another as You love us so that we may be messengers of God’s peace.

Carol Fournier, M‘12

First Reading: Deuteronomy 26:16-19
Psalm 119:1-2, 4-5, 7-8
Gospel: Matthew 5:43-38

Daily Scripture readings can be found online at the USCCB website

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