Posted by: livingscripture | September 12, 2013

Twenty -third Thursday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“Do to others as you would have them do to you…Be merciful, just as also your Father is merciful.”

(Luke 6: 31, 36)

             

How should we live this Word? jcheart

The Discourse on the Plain develops into a great canticle of love and forgiveness.  Certainly, there exists a golden rule valid for non-Christians as well, but the love of those who follow Jesus presents richer characteristics that are not merely non-violence, but extend also to love for enemies.  We have rare examples of this love even in the Old Testament in 1 Samuel 24: 4 and in 26: 2.  However, the true model is built on the Father’s love.  Precisely because he was capable of forgiving, David is termed as being ‘according to the heart of God’ in 1 Samuel 13: 14.

Christian love must be translated into the practice of the same characteristics of God’s love, which are mercy, forgiveness, capacity for giving, and gratuity lived in a radical way similar to that of Christ.

False interpretations are not lacking, deviations in the evangelical teaching.  We can react emotionally, in an inhuman program not everyone can follow, or ideologically, finding in the text confirmation of one’s thinking before even reading it, like condemnation of class struggle or an apology for non-violence.  We can also see in this page a splendid but unrealistic ideal.

These interpretations have a pagan logic in common, that of justice, of right that is in practice inspired by the law of revenge.  It is radically opposed to the evangelical vision that embraces the logic of ‘more’, of gratuity.

Today in my time of silent contemplation, I will look at my attitudes in this regard, at how I really live and act toward others. 

Jesus, You bid us to love those who afflict us.  Help us to observe this precept of the new law by returning good for evil and carrying each other’s burdens. 

The Voice of D. Lacordaire, French Journalist and Politician

Do you wish to be happy for an instant?  Revenge yourself!  Do you wish to be happy for your whole life?  Forgive!

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