Saturday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time
I will think of the people I dislike or am indifferent to, and I will consider at least one of their good qualities. If the opportunity arises, I will speak well of them, and if I can, I will do a good deed for them.
Sunny days, cloudy days and rainy days
all come from you, Lord. You surprise us each day as you make each day different to bring us closer
to your coming, in which we hope. Lord, your love explains everything and guides all things. I wish
to respond to your infinite mercy and love by loving you more each
Lord you know how difficult it is for me to forgive. Help me
to do so always.
1. The Ill Need a Doctor, Not the Healthy:
What a great
reply: "I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners." It is a statement open to
all humanity in need of redemption. It is an affirmation that shows us that God is not exclusive.
Christ has come for all sinners, and he extends to everyone his call to repent and be transformed by
his grace. It shows us that Christ wants to reach everybody and forgive everybody. He is not like
us, who discriminate and hold grudges. When someone sins more, God makes particular efforts to reach
that person and offer his pardon and his elevating grace. What an example for us to follow when we
have difficult moments in our dealings with others! Christ teaches us patience. Christ teaches us
that we must love and build bridges whenever the opportunity arises.
2. Those Who Oppose
Christ Don't Know Him:
Christ sets the example and sends us to evangelize people who do not
know him, or who offend him knowingly, half-knowingly, or even unknowingly. Interestingly enough, it
is those who oppose Christ whom he calls the "righteous," because they are inflexible, and their
criteria cannot be bent. Christ calls us, on the other hand, to forgive, as often as is necessary
(Luke 17:4). We need to learn how to forgive in a world that tells us to be tough and not to let
anything get past us.
3. From Love to Love:
This Gospel reminds us of the story of
the adulterous woman who was brought before Jesus. The Law of Moses was clear, yet Jesus knew that
something had to be changed in order for man to be able to reach heaven. He knew that only
forgiveness and love for everyone would unite all men in paradise. He knew all men had sinned, and
therefore they could not accuse someone else without indirectly accusing themselves. That is why
Christ answered to those who accused the adulterous woman, "Let the one who is sinless cast the
first stone" (John 8:7). We are all sinners. We all need to be forgiven and to forgive one another.
We all need to allow love to invade our hearts so that it may be the bond that reunites
Conversation with Christ:
Thank you, Lord, for giving me the solution to my
Help me to forgive wholeheartedly those who have done
me wrong. Help me
to love them, pray for them and
do good to them even though they hinder and harm me.
Help me to strive tirelessly to bring to the world your
solution to division,
discrimination, hatred and war.
I will think of the people I
dislike or am indifferent to, and I will consider at least one of their good qualities. If the
opportunity arises, I will speak well of them, and if I can, I will do a good deed for