7th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

Published on 17 Feb 2020
Two men shaking hands

The Lord is Compassion and Love

Grant we pray, almighty God,

that, always pondering spiritual things,

we may carry out in both word and deed

that which is pleasing to you.

An understanding of the true teaching of the Law is presented in different ways in this week’s readings.

In the First Reading from Leviticus, Moses receives instructions to tell the people to become more like their God in their dealings with others.

‘Be holy for I am holy.’

St Paul, in the Second Reading, reminds the Corinthians that the indwelling of the Spirit makes them sacred. This is more important than all their divisions. In Christ we are all the temple of God.

The Psalm, uniting these readings, is a prayer of praise and gratitude to the God who is love and compassion: he heals, forgives and redeems us.

Jesus, in the Gospel, is like the new Moses. He is the new law-giver, taking the teaching of the Law to a deeper, more demanding level. Being ‘perfect like our heavenly Father is perfect’ asks us to assume Jesus’s values and treat our neighbour as a brother or sister in Christ.

Maybe this week, we can consider these values – perhaps not always shared by many around us – and pray for the grace to be more accepting of all whom we encounter.

Be holy, for I, the Lord your God, am holy.     First Reading

The Lord is compassion and love.      Psalm

You belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.     Second Reading

Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.    Gospel

his week’s texts if you want to reflect further:

Lev.iticus 19: 1–2, 17–18; Psalm 102 (103); 1 Corinthians 3: 16–23; Matthew 5: 38–48