March 12, 2022

The Gospel

Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.


Matthew 5:43–48 (LectionaryPage.net)

The Offering

From Molly Cole

Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

 

In this passage Jesus is asking or commanding us to do what’s uncomfortable, this is not an usual thing for Jesus to do in scripture. Perhaps Jesus is hoping some of his good do the right thing vibes will rub off on some of the evil in this world, perhaps there would reduction in crime. Perhaps be bully at a school would see the error in his or her ways. There are a few phrases that could be referring to this passage in our daily lives. One phrase I can think of is :”keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.

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