Lenten Reflection for Sun 2/17/2013


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Psalm am: 63, 98
pm: 103 Deuteronomy 8:1-10
1 Corinthians 1:17-31 Mark 2:18-22

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[a] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. —-Matt 5:43ff

Mathew 5:43-48 “Loving Your Enemies” is a 1957 Dr. King sermon based on the
one of the most famous passages from the Sermon on the Mount.
This week as we enter the Lent season, we are also celebrating Valentines Day. It
is a day of expressing our love with each other; however, consistent with the principle
of “Lent” it is, or should be a time we express our penitence for those we
have not shown love, forgiveness, and acceptance. I was fortunate in my childhood
development to have parents who not only taught but demonstrated the unwavering
love for even though who did terrible things to you. This was reinforced
with my brief time with Dr. King who, regardless of the hate and physical harm,
he always responded with the teachings of both Jesus and Gandhi “Turn the other
Cheek.” It was very difficult for me as a Marine veteran and proud American
citizen to tolerate the repeated abuse for those who opposed us students sitting at
lunch counters and asking for service. I simply kept vision of my parents and
their constant reminders to us as children to, “Love Your Enemies.” Finally, the
book, Healing the Soul of America by Marianne Williamson, eloquently makes
the statement for love and forgiveness, in this Quote; “At a time when we see so
much evil, we are called upon to have the moral grandeur and spiritual audacity
to believe in good. To proclaim it, to stand in conviction, to take the people who
truly do evil and, yes, hold them accountable. But to nevertheless stand for the
possibility of human redemption that turns even the hardest hearts.”

Robert Scott



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  1. Good day! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading this post reminds me of my previous room mate! He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this write-up to him. Fairly certain he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing!

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