Leviticus 19:1-2,17-18; Psalms 103:1-4,8,10,12-13; 1 Corinthians 3:16-23; Matthew 5:38-48
There is a tendency throughout life to search for the easy way of doing things. We all search for that elusive “Easy Street.” In fact, in Honolulu, Hawaii, if you take the Pali Highway north-bound, and proceed about one-third of the distance to Pali Pass, and turn right at Park Street, and continue for one block, there it is: “Easy Street.” But if you go one block more you come upon another sign which says: “Dead End.”
In today’s Lesson, and in many other places in the Gospels, Jesus warns us that if we are looking for an easy way to follow Him, we’re on a dead end street. He tells us, “You have learnt how it was said: Eye for eye and tooth for tooth. But I say this to you… love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you; in this way you will be sons of your Father in Heaven (Mt. 5:38-39,43- 45).
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