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Pray With Us (weekly reflection)

Reflection for February 19 2017
 7th Sunday of Ordinary Time

First Reading: Exodus 17:3-7
Second Reading: Romans 5:1-2, 5-8
Gospel: John 4:5-15, 19-26, 39-42

In the gospel a very difficult saying is given: Turn the other cheek when hurt in some way, even verbally.  In the last words of the gospel a greater challenge is given: Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.  In a homily given by a priest he said that a possible interpretation is: "Be loving as your heavenly Father is loving."  At first this change seems to be easy until you realize how loving God treats us--his love, his consideration and his reaching out to take our hands so he can lift us up.  How often do I overcome my dislike for someone and reach out my hand to lift them up? 

God, come this day and help me learn the love I need, to show your love to those around me.  Help me to love those I find difficult to accept.  Thank you, Jesus, for loving me.  Amen.

Therese Tackett, osf