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Gospel for the Tuesday of the 11th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 1

Matthew 5:43-48

Summary: Jesus teaches his disciples to love their enemies and pray for their persecutors, emphasizing that true love goes beyond loving friends and family. He calls them to be perfect like their heavenly Father.

Love Your Enemies

Jesus said to his disciples: “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.”

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