First Saturday of Lent

First Saturday of LENT
March 7, 2020

WORD of the DAY

“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.” (Matthew 5: 46-48)

How shall I live this Word?
Love is the commandment of Christ’s disciple; to really love, without duplicity, without looking for compensations and profit. This is truly difficult. However, it is still not enough to be perfect as the Father is perfect. For Jesus, it is not enough to only love our neighbors and our friends. We also need to love our enemies, those with whom we find it so hard to dialogue, those we cannot stand, those we cannot forgive, those who have made us suffer and still do so. Those are the ones to whom we must give our greeting and toward whom we must take the first step. Those are the ones we need to bless and love.
Jesus asks us to live a very demanding love, that does not allow us to stand pat on our positions. He always asks for something more. He keeps raising the bar. It is not easy, but love is our strength and our vocation!

Lord teach us that love is the only way we have to truly be human beings, and that only with love can we build a better world.

The voice of Martin Luther King

Do what you want and we will continue to love you. Put us in prison and we will still love you. Drop bombs on our homes and threaten our children and we will still love you. Send your hooded assassins to our homes in the night, beat us, and leave us half dead and we will still love you. Love is the most enduring power in the world.”
Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy E-mail: Website: Blog: Comment by Sr. Sandra Bona, FMA

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