18 June 2013 – Matthew 5:48

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TODAY’S WORD…

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Jesus said,

“You must be perfect

– just as your Father in heaven is perfect.”

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– Matthew 5:48 (GNT)

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REFLECTION…

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Strictly speaking,

it is quite impossible for a created being to be as perfect as God.

What our Lord means here

is that God’s own perfection should be the model

which every faithful Christian tries to follow,

even though we realise

that there is an infinite distance between ourselves and our Creator.

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This, however, does not reduce the force of this commandment;

it sheds more light on it.

It is a difficult commandment to live up to,

but with the help of God’s grace

and by gladly accepting it

we can strive towards divine perfection.

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Certainly, the perfection which we should imitate

does not refer to the power and wisdom of God,

which are totally beyond our scope.

Here Jesus is referring primarily to love and mercy.

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Clearly, Jesus’ call to holiness is not a recommendation

but a commandment.

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PRAYER…

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My Lord Jesus,

I fix the eyes of my heart on You,

and I see Love Personified.

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You are Love;

You are Perfect;

You are Holy!

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Lord Jesus,

may I thirst for holiness

more than I desire anything else on earth.

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Make me holy in every aspect of my conduct.

Do in me what You must,

so as to do through me what You will.

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My Lord Jesus, Model of Perfection,

help me be more like You

– perfect in holiness;

full of mercy and love.

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Amen.

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REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…

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Jesus, make me holy – fill me with mercy and love.

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YEAR OF FAITH 2012-2013

FROM THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH…

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In all of His life, Jesus presents Himself as our model.

He is "the perfect man",

who invites us to become His disciples and follow Him.

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In humbling Himself, He has given us an example to imitate,

through His prayer He draws us to pray,

and by His poverty He calls us to accept freely

the privation and persecutions that may come our way.

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[CCC 520]

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