Daily Gospel Reflection for March 11, 2017

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Today’s Gospel: Matthew 5:43-48

Tall orders in today’s Gospel. And a huge reminder that God is not only interested in our relationship with him but with all those around us. I speak to teens often about what it takes to follow Jesu,s and honestly tell them that if I were judged by my relationship with God, that vertical one that is just me and Him, I’d do pretty well. Not perfect, but not awful. Loving God, praying, praising Him, thanking Him; even offering up my day to Him and His plan I am willing, even joyful to do it.

But then comes those people: you know, people who don’t do what you want or think is right or have a different opinion, who irritate me by their behavior. Do I love God enough to see Him in the other? Often the other is not too different from me, but is in my way. Selfish, maybe judgmental, sometimes grouchy, I’m not always the stellar example of how to love everyone or be perfect. Our horizontal relationship with others is just as important as the vertical one with God. Jesus on the cross reminds us of that as He looks up to His Father and holds all of us in His outstretched arms.

The good news is God knows that, and continually calls us to try our best. He wants us to be the perfect “insert your name here” that He calls and sometimes challenges us to become. Our perfection lies not in the world’s idea of perfect but in trying to be who He calls us to be.

Ponder:

Who and how (very specifically) do I need to love today?

Pray:

Lord, help me as I go about my day to show your love to all those in my path. Lead me to embrace your perfection.Amen.

 

Copyright 2017 Deanna Bartalini

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Deanna Bartalini is a Catholic wife, mom, writer and educator. Deanna has been married for over 30 years and raised two wonderful adults. She is the Director of Faith Formation at St. Edward Catholic Church in Palm Beach, FL. She writes at DeannaBartalini.com, she serves as the editor of the NewEvangelizers.com blog and is a contributor there as well as at AmazingCatechists.com and contributed to our latest Catholic Mom title, A Catholic Mom's Prayer Companion. Deanna is available to lead retreats and speak at catechist and ministry events.

6 Comments

  1. Oh Deanna, you did such a beautiful job reflecting upon a gospel passage that always trips me up. Thank you for pointing me to a perfection that I’m capable of being if I dig deeply into the pool of God’s grace and try. Have a beautiful day.

  2. Joey Makanas on

    Hello Deanna,

    Can’t thank you enough for your wise reflection on today’s gospel as I keep trying to be the father and husband and neighbor that God wants me to be.

    God bless!
    Joey M.

  3. Wonderful reflection, Deanna. I think the relationships we have with others is where many of us struggle. I have often lamented that I should have been a cloistered nun instead of a wife and mother as it suits my temperament better. But, God gave me this husband and these kids because they are just what I need to become Holy.

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