Thursday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time

To you who hear I say, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you,
pray for those who mistreat you.

The peace of the Lord be with you. Today Jesus teaches us about charity. Charity according to the dictionary is a voluntary giving of help. Offering assistance and doing it freely is central to being a follower of Jesus. When we do these acts of Christian charity we share the graces that have poured out on us by God.

As we read this morning, charity is not judgmental, does not seek to profit from the misfortune of others, it offers love even to those who may not love us, and it is generous expecting nothing in return. These acts of charity take many forms, such as when give and or use our talents to inspire or better the life of others. Many say the world is dark and troubled place but I am grateful to know many people who freely give of themselves quietly behind the scenes simply because they see the face of Jesus in those around them. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Readings for Thursday, September 10, 2020