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Sunday, February 23, 2020

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

We ask in this Sunday's Collect that "always pondering spiritual things, we may carry out in both word and deed that which is pleasing to you."

I like that and in the first reading from the Book of Leviticus, the Lord told Moses to tell the whole Israelite community: "Be holy, for I, the Lord your God am holy."
The Lord then adds the command not to bear hatred in your heart.

Jesus will tell us in today's Gospel (Matthew 5:38-48) how we are to turn the other cheek, give to the one who asks of us, and love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. 

I like Paul's words to the Corinthians when he asks, "Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? There is the secret of becoming holy and loving even those who persecute us.

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