Our site uses cookies to improve the user experience and we recommend accepting its use to take full advantage of the navigation

Today’s Gospel
for the family

Today's Gospel + image + catechesis

Saturday of the First Week of Lent

Download
Gospel text (Mt 5:43-48): Jesus said to his disciples, “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." Jesus said to his disciples, “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."

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today the Lord continues with His teaching about the style of love God expects from us. He who has a good heart loves everybody, even when he may in fact not be loved by everybody in return. God demands this kind of love from us because this is His own way: «For He marketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good».

-Remember the words of Christ on the Cross: «Father, forgive them». Will you be able to repeat these words?