Love of Enemies and Judging Others

February 20, 2022


Sunday Scripture Readings

1 SM 26:2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23 PS 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10, 12-13 1 COR 15:45-49

Explore the Sunday Gospel


LK 6:27-38

Jesus said to his disciples: “To you who hear I say, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. To the person who strikes you on one cheek, offer the other one as well, and from the person who takes your cloak, do not withhold even your tunic. Give to everyone who asks of you, and from the one who takes what is yours do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you. For if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do the same. If you lend money to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, and get back the same amount. 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. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

“Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven. Give, and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.”


meet our extended family

Bl. Lucien Botovasoa, O.S.F. (Feast Day April 14)

1908-April 14, 1947

Lucien Botovasoa was born in Vohipeno, Madagascar. He was the oldest of nine children. At the age of 10, Lucien began attending public school, and then continued his studies at the Jesuit College of St. Joseph. When he finished school in 1928, Lucien went to work as a teacher. He was known for his love of the saints, and his willingness to stay after class to talk with his students and tell the saints’ stories.

In 1930 Lucien married Suzanna Soazana. Shortly after their wedding, a nun asked Lucien if he ever regretted getting married, because she thought he would have made an excellent priest. Lucien responded immediately that he had no regrets, because he was serving the Lord in his vocation as a married man. Lucien and Suzanna went on to have five children together. Lucien later joined the Secular Franciscans, where he was dedicated to his work as a teacher and to his most important role as a husband and father.

n 1946, political unrest was on the rise in Madagascar as the native Malagasy people began to revolt against French colonial rule. The Malagasy viewed Catholics as French loyalists and began targeting religious people and families. By 1947, Lucien’s parish had been burned down, many of the Catholics in the city had already been arrested, and it became known that Lucien was next to be taken away. Lucien spent the day with his family and allowed himself to be arrested. His executioners were his former students, and Lucien was beheaded while praying for them. Blessed Lucien is known as the patron of married couples, fathers, and teachers.


Take time to chat

•Today’s Gospel story contains the Golden Rule: “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Give an example of how to live the Golden Rule.

•In today’s Gospel, Jesus teaches us how to treat people. Of the teachings listed, which one is the hardest to do?

•What does it mean to be merciful? Give examples.

•Blessed Lucien Botovasoa loved the saints and telling their stories. Who is your favorite saint?


Recipe of the week

African Peanut Soup

Enjoy this African dish in honor of Bl. Lucien Botovasoa, O.S.F.

1 -2 Tbsp olive oil

1 onion, chopped (about 1 -2 cups)

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 -2 Tbsp ginger, minced

1 jalapeno, cored and diced

2 tsp cumin

2 -3 Tbsp tomato paste

4 cups chicken or vegetable broth

1 can chickpeas, drained

¾ cup creamy peanut butter (can be unsweetened)

1 sweet potato, peeled and diced

1 can crushed tomatoes

(optional) 1/4 tsp cayenne

(optional) 1 bunch collard greens, chopped

(optional) 1 pound shredded chicken

(optional) Garnish: fresh cilantro, lime juice, crushed peanuts

Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large pot. Sauté the onions for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger, jalapeño, cumin, and cayenne(if desired). Stir for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the tomato paste and stir. Add the broth, chickpeas, peanut butter, sweet potato, tomatoes, and additional water if needed. Stir to combine and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and let simmer until the sweet potato is tender, about 15minutes.Add collard greens and/or chicken if desired and cook for an additional 5 to 15 minutes. Mash the sweet potatoes with a fork or spoon. Add salt as needed for taste, garnish, and enjoy.


Family Fun

Honor a Saint

Bl. Lucien Botovasoa loved the saints and telling their stories. Do the same today!

Pick one or more saints that are special to your family. Do an Internet search to find a picture or illustration of the saint. Then pick a way to artistically display them in your home. Some ideas include:

•Paint their picture on wooden laundry pins, canvas, paper, fabric, or a different surface.

•Draw the saint’s face on paper plates. •Find clothes from around your house. Stuff the clothes with newspaper to give it form. Blow up a balloon, draw a face on it, and add felt or yarn for hair and other decorations. Seat the "saint" at your table as an extra guest at a meal tonight.

Take some time to share what you know about this saint and ask for his/her prayers for a specific intention this week.


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

This prayer echoes the words and teaching of Jesus in today’s Gospel.

Heavenly Father,

your holiness, revealed in Jesus,

challenges us to renounce violence,

to forsake revenge,

and to love without discrimination, without measure.

Teach us the surpassing truth of the Gospel,

which puts worldly wisdom to shame,

that we may recognize as one with us

even our enemies and persecutors

and see all people as your children.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.


(Taken from Catholic Household Blessings & Prayers.)

Liturgy Link

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Count the number of times the word “mercy” is said at Mass today.

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

Share one way you can be less judgmental this week. Commit to this for the whole week.

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Fun Facts!

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While religious communities are for religious priests, brothers, and sisters, many also have a third branch (or third order). A third order is for lay people who do not take vows but embrace the spirituality of the order and support them through prayer, gifts of money, and good works. This is what Bl. Lucien did as a secular Franciscan, which is the name of the Franciscan third order.

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