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What it takes to be perfect?

Thứ hai - 20/02/2017 08:37
St. Ignatius of Loyola said it well: Teach us to give and not to count the cost.

WHAT IT TAKES TO BE PERFECT
 
St. Ignatius of Loyola said it well: Teach us to give and not to count the cost.  
 
Deacon John Ruscheinsky
 
If someone insults you or tries to take advantage of you, how do you respond? 
 
In our Responsorial Psalm we read about the Lord being a lavish giver to all. We pray the words that He pardons, heals, redeems all from His mercy, graciousness and compassion. The Lord is kind and merciful! It's easy to love our own or those around us when they are friends or on our "good side." It gets a little more difficult, however, when our neighbor is unpleasant or has wronged us in some way. How do we reach out in love, and not get into the line of fire and anger? Jesus invites us to not fall into temptation of repaying unpleasantness with more of the same; - instead to do the unexpected! Jesus calls to be taking on the challenge with a fresh look at the situation and respond with our best selves. Our bishop emeritus has said to me often "take the high road." There is a lot of wisdom in that very act.Does this mean we become doormats for another's rudeness and wrong doing? No, but it does mean being willing to love, trusting that love can make a positive difference in the long run, even if it is not returned to you immediately.
 
St. Ignatius of Loyola said it well: Teach us to give and not to count the cost. 
 
What makes us a true Christian? It is by God's grace and with that grace - treating others, not as we might judge that they deserve, but as our heavenly Father wishes them to be treated. All with loving-kindness and mercy. God is good to the unjust as well as the just.  Was Jesus exaggerating when He said we must be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect?  The meaning of "perfect" in Aramaic is "completeness" or "wholeness - not lacking in what is essential." God gives us every good in Jesus that we may not lack anything we need to do His will in our lives. With the Holy Spirit we can change and transform in the image of God and His goodness.
 
Points to Pray and Ponder: May we bless the Lord, from the depth of our souls!
 
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