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Based on the Readings as Set
First Reading (Genesis 45:3-11, 15)
Joseph, now Pharaoh’s top official, reveals himself to his petitioning brothers who immediately fear he will seek revenge for having sold him into slavery. He assures them that God was behind it all, working to ensure the survival of Jacob’s family by providing a place for them in Egypt.
Psalm (37:1-11, 39-40)
The Psalmist urges a steady confidence in the Lord in the face of the apparent success of the wicked. They will soon fade from the scene while those who humbly take refuge in the Lord will eventually inherit the land and enter into salvation by his hand.
Second Reading (1 Corinthians 15:35-38, 42-50)
Paul compares the resurrection body to the present body by contrasting a verdant plant and its bare seed. Just as our physical body, like Adam’s, was made of earth and for this world, so our spiritual body, like the last Adam’s, Christ, is glorious and perfect for everlasting life in heaven.
Gospel (Luke 6:27-38)
Not only does Jesus teach his followers to “go the second mile” with those who hate them, he commands them to love them as well. Everybody will help others for a reward. But Jesus says that God’s blessing will come to those who treat others as themselves not expecting a reward.
- The final blessing of God far exceeds our expectations
- Loving those who abuse us opens the door to God’s blessing for us and for them
- The way of Jesus is not something that comes naturally, especially in the face of the success of those who do not follow him
- God will provide what we need when we need it