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February 19, 2017: Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus said to his disciples:
“You have heard that it was said,
An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.
But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil.
When someone strikes you on your right cheek,
turn the other one as well.
If anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic,
hand over your cloak as well.
Should anyone press you into service for one mile,
go for two miles.
Give to the one who asks of you,
and do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow.

“You have heard that it was said,
You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.
But I say to you, love your enemies
and pray for those who persecute you,
that you may be children of your heavenly Father,
for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good,
and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.
For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have?
Do not the tax collectors do the same?
And if you greet your brothers only,
what is unusual about that?
Do not the pagans do the same?
So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:38-48)


At first blush, the challenges in this reading from the Sermon on the Mount are many! A closer reading of the text, however, reveals that the message is the usual message of Jesus: love! Go the extra mile; give to one who asks; do not turn away from others’ needs, even an enemy’s. Love as God loves.


Decide one thing you will do each day this week to express love, be it a smile, an act of kindness or a word of encouragement. Let others wonder what you’re up to!

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Sister Ann Casper

Sister Ann Casper, SP, retired as the executive director for Mission Advancement for the Sisters of Providence in 2018 and currently serves as minister of Providence Community Cemetery at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana. Sister Ann has ministered in various scholastic and administrative positions in Indiana and North Carolina. She also was a member of the Sisters of Providence leadership team, serving as General Secretary.

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  1. Denise Wilkinson on February 18, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Too bad I read this on Saturday evening. Now I have to count tomorrow. Probably could come up with 6 good acts of love – but 7?

    • Diane Weidenbenner on February 20, 2017 at 2:30 pm

      Knowing you, I suspect you will find 7 good acts of love very easily. – Sister Ann C.

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