User Settings

  • Background
  • Fade speed
  • Music
  • Text size
Choose a backgound theme.
Choose the speed the daily prayer fades between stages.
Choose music to play during the daily prayer.
Choose the size of the text for your daily prayer.

Luke 6:27-38

The Word of God

‘But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. Do to others as you would have them do to you.

‘If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

‘Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.’

Luke 6:27-38
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

    Active
    Default
    • The words of Jesus today are particularly challenging and difficult for us. Although we may be very familiar with these phrases, trying to live them, may feel impossible for most of us, most of the time. Jesus in referring to the law of the Old Testament uses the phrase “but I say to you.” Here we are being called to a new way of living, behaving, responding to our daily, human encounters.
    • Living this new way of Jesus as outlined in this passage is only possible with Gods help. As mentioned in Matthew 19:26, we are told that for people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible. Let us pray for Gods grace to truly love and be merciful in our lives today.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

    Active
    Default
    • As we read this challenging passage, we should always have in the back of our minds two further Scripture passages. The first is the words of Jesus recorded by St John: “without me, you can do nothing”. No situation will ever arise in my life when Jesus is not by my side helping me to do what is for God’s glory and my own good. Didn’t he promise at the Ascension to be with us always to the end of time. The second passage comes from the Acts of the Apostles and is attributed to St Paul, “ I can do all things in him who strengthens me”. So let us carry on confidently, courageously and cheerfully.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

    Active
    Default
    • In yesterday’s Gospel we read and prayed on ‘Luke’s beatitudes’ which teach us that if we are poor, insulted etc in the service of God, we are blessed because we have been chosen to serve God in this outstanding way. Today’s Gospel develops the theme of what the following of Christ involves. It involves first and foremost following the example of Jesus and the evangelist’s use of hyperbole reinforces the teachings, for example, never return evil for evil; be good to others without hoping for anything in return. The teaching in this section seems odd and impossible to follow and hence we have a ‘way out’ but if we grasp the meaning of the metaphor, we understand the very difficult but realistic demands of the Gospel.
    • It would be a good exercise to ‘translate’ the passage into ‘your language’ without softening the teaching.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

    Active
    Default
    • If what Jesus asks seems too much for us, we are beginning to understand that our response will depend not on ourselves alone but on a grace that comes from God. Only by receiving the spirit that Jesus promises will we be able to witness to the love, forgiveness and peace to which Jesus calls us.
    • Perhaps it is not so much that I am asked to imitate God’s compassion as to be a channel for it. I pray that I may be open, transparent and free in letting the image of God in which I am created be seen and experienced.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

    Active
    Default
    • This text ranks as one of the most extraordinary ever written! It utterly reverses human thinking about enemies and forgiveness. It spells out the way God goes about things, holding nothing against us despite all our failings. This is how Jesus lived, this is how he died for his executioners. His attitude of heart was blessed by his Father and brought him into eternal life.
    • My world can be transformed if I take Jesus seriously. My task is to collaborate with him and to live on a higher level of loving than I had imagined possible. I am called to go beyond loving my neighbour as myself, beyond loving only those who love me, beyond only loving nice people. I am to love my enemies, do good to them, pray for them, wish them well! What then shall I pray for now?
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

    Active
    Default
    • Jesus uses extreme language to highlight the importance of our relationships to one another. We are to deal with others, mindful of how we ourselves have received the good gift of forgiveness from God. This reminds us of the words in the ‘Our Father’, ‘forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us’. When one has difficulties with others, it is good to pray for oneself, to know one’s own faults, if any; and to pray for the others, that they may receive the grace from God for their better self to emerge. Do to others as God has done to you.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

    Active
    Default
    • Jesus, again you turn our thinking upside down! Love of enemies is so contrary to human nature, but that is what you demand of us. But Lord, I am what you call a ‘sinner’, because when others offend me I close my heart to them and punish them as best I can.
    • You ask me now to bring my enemies into my heart and show mercy to them. Lord, change my heart or I will never become ‘a child of the Most High’. Let me spend time pondering how merciful you are to me, even when I am ‘ungrateful and wicked’. That will make me pause before judging and condemning my ‘enemies’.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

    Active
    Default
    • Jesus invites us to respond to the world as he did – loving, blessing, praying and offering. We are called to do this not only where there is something of which we approve, but in all circumstances. I ask God to remove any way of seeing which causes me to distrust, to judge, to condemn or to hold back. I pray for patience to endure difficult circumstances and courage to be able to confront them as well as I can.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

    Active
    Default
    • Jesus, the love you speak of is not just emotion: it is a commitment of the will. It is extravagant and limitless, and it includes us all, good and bad alike. This is the true love that frees up the world’s gridlock of hatred, judgement, blame, recrimination and violence. It is an active loving based on going the extra mile. ‘The measure of love is to love without measure.’
    • Lord, I am the focus of your indiscriminate love. Grant me a profound appreciation of this limitless gift. Transformed by this love, may I in turn show unrestricted loving to others-especially to my enemies!
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

    Active
    Default
    • I pray for all of those who might be thought of as ‘enemy’ or despicable, calling to mind all hopeless cases, those who are overlooked and neglected. I pray that they may experience kindness and love and that any who describe them negatively may be given the vision that Jesus had.
    • Those I love are in my prayer. As I think of them, I allow feelings of gratitude and appreciation to come to the fore and allow myself to be blessed again.