Gospel: Luke 6:27-38

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke.

Jesus said: ”To you who hear me, I say:  Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you; bless those who curse you and pray for those who maltreat you.  When they slap you on the cheek, turn and give them the other, when they take your coat, let them have your shirt as well.  Give to all who beg from you.  When someone takes what is yours, do not demand it back.  Do to others what you would have them do to you.  If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?  Even

sinners love those who love them.  If you do good to those who do good to you, how can you claim any credit?  Sinners do as much.  If you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what merit  is there in it for you?  Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full.

”Love your enemy and do good; lend without expecting repayment.  Then will your recompense be great.  You will rightly be called children of the Most High, since God is good even to the ungrateful and the wicked.

“Be compassionate, as your loving God is compassionate.  Do not judge, and you will not be judged.  Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned.  Pardon, and you shall be pardoned.  Give, and it shall be given to you: a full measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will they pour into your lap.  For the amount you measure out is the amount you will be given back.”

The Good News as spoken through Luke.

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