LOVED INTO LIFE

Saturday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 364


Reading 1 2 COR 5:14-21
Brothers and sisters:

The love of Christ impels us,

once we have come to the conviction that one died for all;

therefore, all have died.

He indeed died for all,

so that those who live might no longer live for themselves

but for him who for their sake died and was raised.
Consequently, from now on we regard no one according to the flesh;

even if we once knew Christ according to the flesh,

yet now we know him so no longer.

So whoever is in Christ is a new creation:

the old things have passed away;

behold, new things have come.

And all this is from God,

who has reconciled us to himself through Christ

and given us the ministry of reconciliation,

namely, God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ,

not counting their trespasses against them

and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.

So we are ambassadors for Christ,

as if God were appealing through us.

We implore you on behalf of Christ,

be reconciled to God.

For our sake he made him to be sin who did not know sin,

so that we might become the righteousness of God in him.

Responsorial Psalm PS 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12
R. (8a) The Lord is kind and merciful.

Bless the LORD, O my soul;

and all my being, bless his holy name.

Bless the LORD, O my soul,

and forget not all his benefits.

R. The Lord is kind and merciful.

He pardons all your iniquities,

he heals all your ills.

He redeems your life from destruction,

he crowns you with kindness and compassion.

R. The Lord is kind and merciful.

He will not always chide,

nor does he keep his wrath forever.

Not according to our sins does he deal with us,

nor does he requite us according to our crimes. 

R. The Lord is kind and merciful.

For as the heavens are high above the earth,

so surpassing is his kindness toward those who fear him.

As far as the east is from the west,

so far has he put our transgressions from us. 

R. The Lord is kind and merciful.

Alleluia PS 119:36A, 29B
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Incline my heart, O God, to your decrees;

and favor me with your law.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel MT 5:33-37
Jesus said to his disciples:

“You have heard that it was said to your ancestors,

Do not take a false oath,

but make good to the Lord all that you vow.

But I say to you, do not swear at all;

not by heaven, for it is God’s throne;

nor by the earth, for it is his footstool;

nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.

Do not swear by your head,

for you cannot make a single hair white or black.

Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’

Anything more is from the Evil One.”

REFLECTION:  LOVED INTO LIFE

“He died for all so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for Him Who for their sakes died and was raised up.” –2 Corinthians 5:15
Jesus died for us – not only for our benefit, but in our place. Once we accept the grace to believe this, the love of Christ impels us to live no longer for ourselves but for Him Who died for us and was raised up (2 Cor 5:14-15).
After grace and love have totally re-oriented our lives from being self-centered to being Christ-centered, everything is new (2 Cor 5:17). We no longer see Christ as our Servant but as our Lord (see 2 Cor 5:16). People are seen not only as people but as present or potential sons or daughters of God and our brothers or sisters in Christ (see 2 Cor 5:16). Also, our self-image is no longer blurred by self-deceptive, prideful selfishness. We realize we are new creations (2 Cor 5:17) who are reconciled to the Father through Christ and made ministers of reconciliation (2 Cor 5:18).
We are literally like Barabbas in that we went free because Jesus was nailed to our cross and executed in our place (see Mt 27:17). When we realize this, we know that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ (Rm 8:35) and that He will love us in ways greater than we can ever ask for or imagine (see Eph 3:20). Believe Jesus died in your place, and live a new life of love.
PRAYER: Father, convince me that Jesus died in my place. Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for me to know your Son’s crucified love.

PROMISE: “For our sakes God made Him Who did not know sin, to be sin, so that in Him we might become the very holiness of God.” –2 Cor 5:21

PRAISE: Even before being widowed, Louise put her Lord first in her life. When her husband died, Jesus carried her through the transition with peace beyond all understanding (Phil 4:7).

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