7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

In the Gospel, as Jesus continues to teach his disciples in the Sermon on the Mount, he again reminds his hearers that more is expected of his disciples than what was laid down in the Old Testament. “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth’.” That sounds like a command to take vengeance. On the contrary, it was a counsel of self-restraint — only hurt your opponent to the same degree that he/she hurts you and no more. Also, retaliation could only be authorized by a court. In our own time, it is not unusual to see people take vengeance far beyond the hurt that was done to them.

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But Jesus proposes a quite different approach. “Do not resist an evildoer. If anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also. If anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well; if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile…” What an impractical recipe! How could any self-respecting person follow such impish advice?

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Does he really expect genuine, red-blooded human beings to react this way to hostility and violence? How can we possibly love people who do us harm, whom we know to be evil, wicked and corrupt?

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Our natural reaction is always to easily take revenge on an enemy. What He challenges us is to do the unnatural—to exercise love towards our enemies. This is exactly what Jesus asks of us if we want to be his disciples—to die to our natural feelings and take on the magnanimous and forgiving heart of Jesus. He forgave his enemies on the cross.

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Fray Onz Antonio, OAR

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  • 01

    All day
    May 1, 2019
    Feast of St. Joseph the Worker / LABOR DAY
    *DAY OF THE RELIGIOUS BROTHERS
    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (2010-2019)
    Fray Mark Ryan Prado
  • 02

    All day
    May 2, 2019
    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (2009-2019)
    Fray Jose Prudencio Castillo
    Fray Hector Gonzales
    Fray Giovanni Gil Magbojos
    Fray Alexus Mansueto
    Fray Joseph Cyprian Panaligan
    Fray Jess Marco Sanchez
    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Margarita Ponce, AR
  • 03

    All day
    May 3, 2019
    CLOSING OF THE MEETING OF VOCATION PROMOTERS OF THE  ORDER IN COSTA RICA
    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Roland Cepe
    Fray Invenzor Melgazo
    Sr. Myrna Gimena, AR
    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Ma. Felicitas Lucinario, AR
  • 04

    All day
    May 4, 2019
    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR VOCATIONS (cf. LAMP 5c)
    ADMISSION TO THE MINISTRY OF LECTORATE (6 coristas) AND ACOLYTATE (10 coristas)
    Recoletos Formation Center
    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1991-2019)
    Fray Sixto Bitangjol
    Fray Reynaldo Jaranilla
    Fray Antonio Zabala, Jr.
    (2008-2019)
    Fray Jose Teodulfo Jadulco
    Fray Ken Oliver Lao
  • 05

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    May 5, 2019
    APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO BULGARI& NORTH MACEDONIA
    May 5-7, 2019
    DAY 1: Rome Sofia
    07:00 Departure by air from Rome-Fiumicino International Airport from Sofia
    10:00 Arrival at Sofia International Airport
    OFFICIAL WELCOME
    MEETING WITH THE PRIME MINISTER in the Governmental Lounge of the Airport
    WELCOME CEREMONY in the square adjacent to the Presidential Palace
    COURTESY VISIT TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC in the Presidential Palace
    MEETING with the AUTHORITIES, with CIVIL SOCIETY and the DIPLOMATIC CORPS in Atanas Burov Square
    VISIT TO THE PATRIARCH AND TO THE HOLY SYNOD in the Palace of the Holy Synod
    PRIVATE PRAYER BEFORE THE THRONE OF SAINTS CYRIL AND METHODIUS in the Patriarchal Cathedral of Saint Alexander Nevsky
    REGINA COELI in Saint Alexander Nevsky Square
    16:45 HOLY MASS in Knyaz Alexandar SquareI
    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Araceli de Vera, AR

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