From the Pastor's Desk...
February 19th, 2017

“SO BE PERFECT,
JUST AS YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER
IS PERFECT.” (Matthew 5:48)

This weekend, the Gospel conveys to us Jesus invitation to be perfect as our Heavenly Father is perfect. Are we willing to accept it? Can we fulfill His desire for us to be perfect? God’s perfection is love, so I think Jesus is calling us to grow in love, to discard all feelings of hatred, rancor, resentment, vengeance and fill our hearts with love in order to fully love friends and enemies alike.

We all know how easy it is to love our friends, to love the people we like, to love those who love us. What it is really difficult is to love those who hurt us, maltreat us, slander us, do us wrong. Often we have to deal with people who do not quite understand us, who do not respect us or agree with us, who try to impose their views on us, who are not willing to accept us for who and how we are, or who simply do not belong to our group, and with whom we do not feel comfortable and it is difficult to share with them. Still, Jesus call us to be respectful, tolerant, patient, loving - yes, loving - with them!

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