Second Sunday in Lent
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About the Event
Love for Enemies
Matthew 5: 43-48
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor] and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemy and] pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be like your Father in heaven, since he causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Even the tax collectors do the same, don’t they? And if you only greet your brothers, what more do you do? Even the Gentiles do the same, don’t they? So then, be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
Question for Reflection
What sort of “perfection” does Jesus intend when he says, “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matt. 5:48)? Paul asks, “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?” (1 Cor. 3:16). How does my life reflect this?
As I begin this new day, give me understanding, that I may observe your law of love.
Lead me in the path of righteousness and teach me to delight in your way.
Turn my heart to your word and help me forsake selfish gain.
Confirm your promise in my heart and lead me to eternal life with Christ my Lord.
I am not perfect. By your grace, let me receive your perfecting love
and know your commandments, not as an impossible achievement,
but as a life-giving promise, the hope of life eternal.