Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Published on Feb 23rd, 2019 by Parish Office | 0

My Dear St. Bernadette Family,

I don’t know of another religion or philosophy that would dare to strive to “Love your enemy.” We not only have Jesus’ teaching but also the example of his life. In my thinking, this is the only solution to the great travesty that is the life of people on this planet and their relationships with one another. Wars, greed, hedonism, lust for power are just a few of the causes of such suffering, violence and loss of hope for so many forced from their home or living in squalor.

Love for our enemy is to embrace the most challenging of Christ’s teachings. Stop judging, stop condemning, forgive are corollaries that are also a part of today’s gospel teaching. My guess is that this was an emotional teaching by Jesus who had witness first hand “man’s inhumanity to man,” as the people, speaking of the politics of the day were plotting their revenge, the overthrow of Roman occupation, the cruelty of the local king.

Jesus saw that the “eye for an eye” mentality would only lead to more suffering, more violence and resolve nothing. Why can we not see this today? Whether in our personal and private lives or on the level of nations and world religions, we seem to seek other “wisdom” but there is only one way. If there were other options, Jesus would not have needed to embrace the cross.

Our love for one another, is not the Golden Rule of “as they have done to you” but as Christ loves us, and loves them, and offers true and lasting peace to the world.

With love,

Fr. Tom

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