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Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time: Be Perfect

February 20, 2011 | Author: | Posted in 7, S, Sunday Masses

Be Perfect… as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Sunday Mass Readings: February 20, 2011

Today’s Sunday Mass Reading is for the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Lord, your mercy is my hope, my heart rejoices in your saving power. I will sing to the Lord for his goodness to me.

First Reading

[Love of Neighbor]

God’s people are called to be holy. The following verses explain what is most essential for holiness. It all revolves around love, mercy, kindness and compassion.

A reading from the book of Leviticus.

Leviticus 19:1-2,17-18
1 And the LORD said to Moses,
2 “Say to all the congregation of the people of Israel, You shall be holy; for I the LORD your God am holy.
17 “You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason with your neighbor, lest you bear sin because of him.
18 You shall not take vengeance or bear any grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.

Responsorial Psalm

[Plea for Pardon]

Psalms 103:1-4,8,10,12-13
1 Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless his holy name!
2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,
3 who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the Pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
8 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
10 He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor requite us according to our iniquities.
12 as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
13 As a father pities his children, so the LORD pities those who fear him.

Second Reading

[Temple of God]

We must be conscious of our dignity as Christians: we are truly temples of the Holy Spirit. Let no one glory in anything else.

A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians.

1 Corinthians 3:16-23
16 Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?
17 If any one destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and that temple you are.
18 Let no one deceive himself. If any one among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise.
19 For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,”
20 and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.”
21 So let no one boast of men. For all things are yours,
22 whether Paul or Apol’los or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future, all are yours;
23 and you are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.

Gospel Reading

[Be Perfect]

Christian love knows no measure. It surpasses justice and goes so far as to show goodness to one’s enemies.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew.

Matthew 5:38-48
38 “You have heard that it was said, `An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’
39 But I say to you, Do not resist one who is evil. But if any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also;
40 and if any one would sue you and take your coat, let him have your cloak as well;
41 and if any one forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.
42 Give to him who begs from you, and do not refuse him who would borrow from you.
43 “You have heard that it was said, `You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’
44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?
47 And if you salute only your brethren, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?
48 You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Listen in to the sermon…

For today’s homily from the Gospel of Matthew, listen to Fr. Robert Barron’s very relevant, insightful and inspiring sermon.

Jesus calls us to love. But few consider the radical nature of this calling. It entails loving the other, even our enemies, regardless of the response of the one who is loved. If you fail, and you often will, turn to God for the grace to live out this strange way of Christ.

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