Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/091318.cfm
Jesus said to his disciples: “To you who hear I say, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. To the person who strikes you on one cheek, offer the other one as well, and from the person who takes your cloak, do not withhold even your tunic. Give to everyone who asks of you, and from the one who takes what is yours do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you. For if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do the same. If you lend money to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, and get back the same amount. But rather, love your enemies and do good to them, and lend expecting nothing back; then your reward will be great and you will be children of the Most High, for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as also your Father is merciful.
“Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven. Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.”
Jesus is calling us to be unconventional, to do the unexpected. Love those who hate you. Lend money and do not expect to be paid back. We are called to live a radical lifestyle, different from the world. Are you ready to do that? Can you do it?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I try to love those who do not like me, but it is only through you that I can love them. Help me to see you in all I meet and help me to live a radical lifestyle, showing the world who you are, in Jesus’ holy name, Amen!
Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way.