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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Thursday of the 23rd week in Ordinary Time Download This Homily

September 12, 2019

Thursday of the 23rd week in Ordinary Time

 

 

Col 3: 12-17

Psalm 150:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6

Lk 6: 27-38

 

Gospel Reading

 

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 also 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."

 

 

Reflection


Acceptance of differences and diversity means to reduce enmity and hatred

 

 

One of the prominent reasons for fight between two groups or war between two countries is the human tendency to take revenge or retaliate. Jesus’ advice to his disciples to forgive enemies is very significant in this context. Jesus goes one step further and asks his disciples to love their enemies. Many of us may ask how one can love his enemies. According to Jesus the disciples of Jesus are expected to reach a higher spiritual level than the ordinary people.

 

 

Entertaining hurt feeling or enmity towards other person or persons will ultimately hurt oneself. We will not be able to focus on our tasks or do any creative work when we entertain hurt feelings or enmity. Therefore getting rid of the hurt feelings or ill feelings is needed for our own psychological well being.

 

 

We can recall the examples of persons, who could forgive their enemies and get inspiration from them. A few examples are Mahatma Gandhi, Gladys Steins, the widow of Graham stein who was burnt alive along with his two sons in Odisha and the parents of Sr. Rani Maria who was brutally murdered in a rural area of Indore diocese in Madhya Pradesh.

 

 

Forgiving ones enemies and loving them is possible only with God’s grace. Hence prayer is an important means. It is through prayer that we get the power and strength to forgive others. Yoga meditation is another means to make us calm down.

 

 

Some political parties in India have adopted for political mobilization a strategy of depicting particular religious minorities as enemies of the nation and spreading falsehood and hatred against them. This kind of political mobilization strategy divides the society and the nation and leads to frequent communal flare ups. The disciples of Jesus should not keep silent when such falsehood is spread. They have to make use of all means available to build understanding and harmony among the different communities.

 

 

There is also need for educating people, especially the students and youth that taking revenge is not a solution. It can lead only to a spiral of violence. In the context of increasing sectarian violence in the society, there is need for educating the people about the non-violent means for resolving conflicts.

 

Fr. Jacob Peenikaprambil CMI


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