Vocies ever ancient, ever new. Thursday-Week23-2013.

“But rather, love your enemies and do good to them, and lend expecting nothing back; then your reward will be great and you will be children of the Most High, for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.” (Luke 6:35)

Saint Basil the Great offers the following insight on this verse from today's Gospel:

“Lend to those from whom you do not hope to receive in return.” “And what sort of a loan is this,” he says, “to which there is no hope of a return attached?” Consider the force of the statement, and you will admire the kindness of the Lawmaker. When you have the intention of providing for a poor person for the Lord’s sake, it is at the same time both a gift and a loan. It is a gift because of the expectation of no repayment, but a loan because of the great gift of the Master who pays in his place and who, receiving trifling things through a poor person, will give great things in return for them.” (Homily on Psalm 14)

Glory to You Father, Son and Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning is now
and will be forever. Amen!

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