Daily Gospel Reflection for February 23, 2014

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Today’s Gospel: Matthew 5:38-48

Have you noticed that Jesus doesn’t just ask us not retaliate when people sin against but He asks us to offer our vulnerability again as a gift to the very people who hurt us? With all this talk about letting ourselves be slapped again or doing double the work when we’re being taken advantage of, we are tempted to ask why He wants us to be pushovers. It’s like He is asking us to invite the people who hurt us right back into the spaces of trust they occupied before they let us down.

Be perfect, He says. Jesus forgives us over and over again, but when He does, there is not a single bit of condition in His forgiveness. He leaves the door to love wide open. He’s not afraid of being hurt and doesn’t guard his heart against it. Be perfect.

Ponder:

Is there anybody in your life you need to forgive more perfectly?

Pray:

Dear Lord, Help me to forgive perfectly and to love my neighbors without condition.

Copyright 2014 Victoria Garaitonandia Gisondi

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  1. It is such a hard thing to leave the door wide open to someone who has hurt us…but you’re right. That’s what Jesus did, and he calls us to do it, too. Tough words. Thanks for your great reflection.

  2. This one always gets me… that whole “Be perfect…” We’re not, and never will be. But we’re called to it all the same. And the whole turning the cheek thing is easier for me to do when someone harms me than when they do a loved one wrong. So I have some “perfecting” to do in that region. Thank you for a wonderful reflection and prayer!

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