O Lord, you demand so much but you reward so generously.
Picture Jesus teaching his disciples.
Jesus does not give these commands to the crowds but to his disciples. He reveals what he expects of them. The demands are high but the reward is even greater.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)
- These commands demand a drastic change in behavior.
- Jesus wants a total change in our relationships and a total rethinking of how we act.
- Frequently, he mentions what sinners do for their friends. The disciples are called to much more for everyone.
- God acts this way. He blesses sinners and gives them earthly goods. Should not the disciple imitate God.
- Jesus wants disciples who are as merciful as God is merciful.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- O Jesus, help me to pray for my enemies and to do good to those who hate me.
- Jesus, I will love those who do not deserve love. This will be my gift.
- Jesus, I am special to you. I am your disciple. You expect much more of me.
- I see clearly, Jesus. My heavenly Father acts this way and You reveal his heart.
- I will give and seek no reward. This is how you love me.
- O Lord, I will pour out my mercy upon all, no exceptions. I will imitate the Father who has mercy for all.
Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
+ I will examine how I treat the people in my life.
+ I will make changes and ask God for help.
Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)
Your reward will be great and you will be sons of the Most High.