Gospel for September 11, 2008, Thursday
1st Reading: 1 Cor 8:1–7, 11–13
Gospel: Lk 6:27–38
Jesus said to his disciples, “But I say to you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you and pray for those who treat you badly. To the one who strikes you on the cheek, turn the other cheek; from the one who takes your coat, do not keep back your shirt. Give to the one who asks and if anyone has taken something from you, do not demand it back.
“Do to others as you would have others do to you. If you love only those who love you, what kind of graciousness is yours? Even sinners love those who love them. If you do favors to those who are good to you, what kind of graciousness is yours? Even sinners do the same. If you lend only when you expect to receive, what kind of graciousness is yours? For sinners also lend to sinners, expecting to receive something in return.
“But love your enemies and do good to them, and lend when there is nothing to expect in return. Then will your reward be great and you will be sons and daughters of the Most High. For he is kind towards the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
“Don’t be a judge of others and you will not be judged; do not condemn and you will not be condemned; forgive and you will be forgiven; give and it will be given to you, and you will receive in your sack good measure, pressed down, full and running over. For the measure you give will be the measure you receive back.”
Our God is so very good to us, as St. Paul would say, “bestowing upon us in Christ every spiritual blessing in the heavens.” God lavishes us with gifts, and with the responsibility to use those gifts wisely and to share them generously with others. Stinginess is no sign of the Kingdom!
Every day affords us another opportunity to practice good stewardship of the many gifts God has given us. In fact, we are called to pattern our lives after Jesus, He who gave everything He had to give so that we might have life to the full.
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