20190224 Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Do unto others what you would like be done unto you

How difficult it is as human-beings to love your enemy when they cause so much pain?

From reading this gospel over and over again line by line, it gets more and more difficult to apprehend how this can be done in our life.

When we do this, turn the other cheek, then we are looked at by society as cowards or weak.

I think of all the bad things that have been done in this world and how people mistreat one another, how hard it is to forgive and to love that person. But through Christ, only true healing can occur and bring peace even when we have to turn the other cheek and be the bigger person. God came down to earth in the form of Jesus Christ to bring heaven to earth, so earth can be brought to heaven. Every pain we have suffered, so has God. The ultimate sacrifice is Jesus death on the cross to save us all from our sin. We have to know through our catholic faith that there is no greater act and pain that one could do for us, because God loves all sinners.

The one thing that I can relate to this gospel is the number one commandment that says to love your neighbor as yourself and to love God above all things.

What makes Christians different and what makes Christianity distinct from any other religion? The answer is grace.

Treating others, not as they deserve, but as God wishes them to be treated – with love and mercy. God is good to the just as well as the unjust. His love embraces saint and sinner alike.

It is easier to show love and mercy when we can expect to benefit from doing so. How much harder it is when we can expect nothing in return.

How can we possibly love those who cause us harm or ill-will? With God all things are possible. He gives power and grace to all who believe in and accept the gift of the Holy Spirit. His love conquers all, even our hurts, fears, prejudices and grief’s. Only the cross of Jesus Christ can free us from the tyranny of malice, hatred, revenge, and resentment and gives us courage to return evil with good. Such love and grace has power to heal and to save from destruction.

Let us pray, “Lord Jesus, your love brings freedom and pardon. Fill me with your Holy Spirit and set my heart free with your merciful love that nothing may make me lose my temper, ruffle my peace, take away my joy, nor make me bitter towards anyone. Amen.”

God is good all the time!
-Vincent Decierdo

Readings at http://usccb.org/bible/readings/022419.cfm

First Reading: 1 Samuel 26:2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23
Psalm: Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10, 12-13   
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:45-49
Gospel: Luke 6:27-38


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