1st Week of Lent : Saturday 4th March 2023

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Lord, help me to imitate Your Perfect love - pray for enemies and unfriendly people...

1st Week of Lent : Saturday 4th March 2023

Deut. 26:16-19; Ps. 118:1-2,4-5,7-8;
Mt. 5:43-48 (Ps. Wk. I)

Jesus called on His followers to be “perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect”. But how is that possible? To be perfect is clearly beyond our reach and ability. When we recall our imperfections and weaknesses, our lack of progress or zeal, our struggle to live up to our Christian commitment, His invitation may even be a discouragement. Some people are content with a minimalist attitude towards God, that is, to do just the minimum required to “pass” (like an examination) to get to heaven. Yet, in Jesus’ view, the minimum for loving others also implies doing more than other people do. This is indeed a challenge. We know our tendency to judge and feel superior to others, especially those outside our circle, whether the circle of family, friends, colleagues, age or place or city or country … the list of common discriminations is endless.

We believe our Heavenly Father cares for each of us, yet we find it hard to love certain ones among those He loves. We can even think that God’s love is unfair because (in our view) He seems to favour some whom we think ‘unworthy’.

This Lent, may our penitence be a renewed focus on practical love for others. To pardon people who have offended or hurt us, pray for enemies and unfriendly people, share not merely our surpluses with people in need, behave justly towards people we have obligations to or responsibilities for, and act positively to help people without help or voice to speak for them.

Lord, help us to imitate God’s perfect love in a small way.

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