Newsletter 24th February 2019

Living the Paschal Mystery

When faced with the extraordinary demands of the gospel outlined in today’s reading, one person said, “How can I do that? I’d end up with nothing?” Then we look to the example of Jesus who enfleshed the words he preached. Jesus himself loved his enemies and prayed for those who persecuted him. In the Gospel of Luke we will hear Jesus from the cross pray for their forgiveness. What did he end up with? Nothing: he died on a cross. But of course we know the rest of the story. God raised him from the dead. Only by Jesus giving himself completely and without reservation to the point of death is he ultimately raised up to glory with the Father. The words that form the conclusion of today’s gospel are especially apropos. “Forgive and you will be forgiven…..For the measure with which you measure/will in return be measured out to you.” We forgive others not so much for their sake but for our own.

                               Living Liturgy2019©

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