First Saturday of Lent

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD First Saturday of Lent, March 16, 2019 WORD of the DAY 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. (Matthew 5: 43-48) How shall I live this Word? ‘Perfection’ in the Gospel of Matthew is obedience to the Law brought to the extreme consequences, that is, to enter into the depths of the word of God to the point of drawing from it the revolutionary essence which is its specificity. In fact there is no contrast between what Jesus says and what the Law says, but Jesus has...