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Good News A11c

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

Matthew 5:38-48 New American Bible

Matthew 5:38-48 Bible Gateway New International Version

 

“But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you.”

           

What does God want you to do when you have a problem with another person?  Jesus says to love your enemy. Jesus says to pray for those who treat you badly.  God is within every person. Look for the goodness within your enemy.  You can get every good thing you need without doing evil and becoming someone’s enemy. If you have a problem with a boy in school, pray for him.  When the girl down the street broke your bike because you wrecked hers accidently, pray for her. When you do not understand why someone is treating you badly, pray for him. If you have a fight with your best friend down the street, pray for him. Ask God to help you forgive them and forgive yourself, too.  God forgives you and loves you.  He wants you to forgive your enemies and love them, too.

Say the “Our Father” and say, “Jesus, I will pray for my enemies and the enemies of my country. Help me live in peace. Amen.”

 

“Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen.”

 

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