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Vol: 46, No.16 7TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( C) February 24 2019  
O Lord, I trust in your merciful love. My heart will rejoice in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord who has been bountiful with me. (Ps 12:6)
Right from the beginning of his public ministry Jesus had his enemies who repeatedly tried to challenge him and on many occasions tried to arrest him or even kill him. Yet Jesus prayed to his Father to forgive them as he was dying on the Cross. Therefore, Jesus is well qualified to tell his disciples that they ought to love their enemies. We know well that any aggression done on us whether it is physical manhandling, robbing us of our valuables, or accusing us of something that we have not done bring tremendous harm to our being and destroys our happiness. But remaining in a state of unhappiness is not the way forward. The way forward is to forgive the wrongdoer and get on with our lives. Jesus is a demanding teacher who forgave his enemies and so demands the same from his disciples. He wants to lead us to new ways of thinking and acting. As disciples of Jesus we must keep on striving until we reach our goal. (Pause)

I confess to almighty God/......
Glory to God in the highest...

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. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your
Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
(David has the opportunity to kill Saul but he resists the temptation and does not harm the Lord’s anointed. This is despite the fact that Saul is seeking to kill David).
A reading from the First Book of Samuel (26:2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23)
Saul arose and went down to the wilderness of Ziph, with three thousand chosen men of Israel, to seek David in the wilderness of Ziph. So David and Abishai went to the army by night; and there lay Saul sleeping within the encampment, with his spear stuck in the ground at his head; and Abner and the army lay around him. Then said Abishai to David, “God has given your enemy into your hand this day; now therefore let me pin him to the earth with one stroke of the spear, and I will not strike him twice.” But David said to Abishai, “Do not destroy him; for who can put forth his hand against the Lord’s anointed, and be guiltless?” So David took the spear and the jar of water from Saul’s head; and they went away. No man saw it, or knew it, nor did any awake; for they were all asleep, because a deep sleep from the Lord had fallen upon them. Then David went over to the other side, and stood afar off on the top of the mountain, with a great space between them; and David made answer, “Here is the spear, O king! Let one of the young men come over and
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