Perfect Love and Forgiveness

February 19, 2017
Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
Matthew 5:38-48

Jesus said to his disciples:
“You have heard that it was said,
An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.
But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil.
When someone strikes you on your right cheek,
turn the other one as well.
If anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic,
hand over your cloak as well.
Should anyone press you into service for one mile,
go for two miles.
Give to the one who asks of you,
and do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow.

“You have heard that it was said,
You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.
But I say to you, love your enemies
and pray for those who persecute you,
that you may be children of your heavenly Father,
for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good,
and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.
For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have?
Do not the tax collectors do the same?
And if you greet your brothers only,
what is unusual about that?
Do not the pagans do the same?
So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

REFLECTION (Sem. Eldrick S. Peña)

The Gospel for today invites us “to be perfect for the heavenly Father is perfect.” The invitation seems to be very difficult if not impossible to fulfil. But what does it mean to be perfect when it apply to God? I believe, perfection for God is to forgive and to love unceasingly because these are the two things that God cannot not do. He is constantly forgiving and always loving. He never tires of loving us and forgiving us without any cost. He always patiently waits for us to ask for His forgiveness and He provides us with all the necessary graces we need in order for us to approach Him with a contrite heart to repent and have a change of heart.

The scriptures also say that Jesus came as the fulfilment of the law of Moses. He proposes a framework on how we could be more responsive to the will of God and that is by following the law of love. Love will enable us to do many things to the point of sacrificing for the one whom we love. And that is what the Father, out of His love for us did, that he gave us His only begotten son so that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.

Charity renders all laws obsolete. And love of God and neighbour, even of enemies are said to be the two greatest commandments. Loving entails sacrificing and also forgiving the transgressions of others. Love is the only response we can give to the One God who loved us first and continues to love us unceasingly. Let us be imitators of the perfection of God. AMEN.

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