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DAILY GOSPEL
Thursday, 21st November 2019

Matthew 5:43-48

Date posted: June 18, 2019

Let us all remember that we are in the Holy Presence of God.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel: Matthew 5:43-48
You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?   And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Reflection
Enemies are the people who will always be in a person’s life as well as the allies. Everyone is used on having the idea of hating an enemy but loving them is a difficult thought. In this gospel, it teaches us to love and accept our enemies. Do not hold any hatred. Pray for the people who hurt you for He knows the right thing to do. Treat people the way you want to be treated — whether it’s an ally or an enemy. Your kindness will be rewarded for you are doing what the Father desires.

Lasallian Guiding Principle
LGP states that reverence for life allows one to lead by example like loving your enemies. This gospel tells us to do what’s hard for us to do especially with our nature to always seek vengeance. With this, we can lead by example by showing others that despite hurting, we try to give forgiveness even though it is not asked from us. In a society full of judgmental and close-minded people, may we be different by remembering how God created us in his likeness and image. May we do what’s unexpected from us, to be full of understanding and wisdom no matter how young or how old we are. Just as how Saint John Baptist De La Salle dealt with those who were against him, he just prayed and always said, “Lord, the work is Yours”.

Prayer
Dear Lord, thank you for guiding us and for giving us a chance to live in this world that you have beautifully created. Thank you for making each day a present and a blessing to us. As you love us, we pray that we will still learn to love those who hurt us and broke our trust. As you forgive us in every sin that we have committed, we pray that we will still learn to forgive those who sinned against us. In this world of chaos, we pray that we will be able to find peace and help each other. We pray that as you accept us even if we are not worthy, we will learn to accept our enemies someday and learn that everyone commits mistakes, and no one is perfect. We pray for a forgiving, understanding and loving heart. Guide us always to the path going to you and your heaven. We ask this through Mary’s intercession, Queen and Mother of the Christian School. And through the intercession of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, Universal Patron of Christian Educators. Amen.
Our Lady of the Star, pray for us.
St. John Baptist de La Salle, pray for us.
St. Miguel Febres Cordero, pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts, forever!
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Value: Reverence for Life (Nurturing Life)
Culture Theme: We live with integrity and order in our lives.
Productivity Theme: Honesty, work and personal scheduling
Institutional Common Virtues (ICV)
Week 1: We are punctual and respectful of other people’s time.
Week 2: We exercise prudence.
Week 3: We lead by example.
Week 4: We are men and women of integrity.
Sources:
BibleGetaway (n.d.). Matthew 5:43-48. Retrieved May 12, 2019, from
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+5%3A43-48&version=NIV

 

 

Prepared: Jessica Maricon M. Bajon, Pamelah Joy L. Concepcion, Iceen Raya C. Cosindad – SHSSHS 12-Raphael-Louis through the DLSMHSI Lasallian Mission and Linkages, Lasallian Formation and Social Action

Our Daily Lasallian Reflection and Prayer is DLSMHSI gift to the Lasallian family for the  2019 Celebration of the Year of Vocation and Tercentenary celebration of the death of our founder SJBDLS.