DAILY GOSPEL 18 JUNE 2013 LOVE YOUR ENEMIES AND PRAY FOR THOSE WHO PERSECUTE YOU

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Tuesday of the Eleventh week in Ordinary Time

Second Letter to the Corinthians 8:1-9.
We want you to know, brothers and sisters, of the grace of God that has been given to the churches of Macedonia,
for in a severe test of affliction, the abundance of their joy and their profound poverty overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part.
For according to their means, I can testify, and beyond their means, spontaneously,
they begged us insistently for the favor of taking part in the service to the holy ones,
and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and to us through the will of God,
so that we urged Titus that, as he had already begun, he should also complete for you this gracious act also.
Now as you excel in every respect, in faith, discourse, knowledge, all earnestness, and in the love we have for you, may you excel in this gracious act also.
I say this not by way of command, but to test the genuineness of your love by your concern for others.
For you know the gracious act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that for your sake he became poor although he was rich, so that by his poverty you might become rich.

Psalms 146(145):2.5-6.7.8-9a.
Praise the LORD, my soul!
I will praise the LORD all my life;
I will sing praise to my God while I live.
Blessed he whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the LORD, his God,

Who made heaven and earth,
the sea and all that is in them.
Who keeps faith forever,
secures justice for the oppressed,
gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets captives free.

The LORD gives sight to the blind.
The LORD raises up those who were bowed down;
the LORD loves the just.
The LORD protects strangers.

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 5:43-48.
Jesus said to his disciples: “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,
that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.
For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not the tax collectors do the same?
And if you greet your brothers only, what is unusual about that? Do not the pagans do the same?
So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.

DAILY GOSPEL SOURCE:http://dailygospel.org/main.php?language=AM&module=readings&localdate=20130617

REFLECTION

For the First Reading from Second Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians, may we become like Titus as passage described as Titus that, as he had already begun, he should also complete for you this gracious act also.
Now as you excel in every respect, in faith, discourse, knowledge, all earnestness, and in the love we have for you, may you excel in this gracious act also.
I say this not by way of command, but to test the genuineness of your love by your concern for others.
For you know the gracious act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that for your sake he became poor although he was rich, so that by his poverty you might become rich.

For the Psalm Reading, may we always praise God in all our endeavors and He will always protect us and guide us in the path of life.

For The Holy Gospel According to Saint Matthew, Jesus invite us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute you  because true Christian embrace all even his own considered foe or enemies, We are constantly being refined in every aspect with our family, friends and more importantly the enemies because a true follower of Christ always embrace his enemies and persecutors which called for humility and sacrifice. We are thankful for every encounter in life, we grow stronger in faith, and deed and able to embrace everyone even if he or she is your foe, fiend , enemy or adversary. So be it.

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