Posted by: livingscripture | February 24, 2019

Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time



Sunday, February 24, 2019

 WORD of the DAY 

But 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.      (Luke 6: 27-31)

 How shall I live this Word?

We are at the heart of the Gospel message where we are faced with the words that every man has always wanted to hear but that no one ever had the strength and courage to say before Jesus. They are words imbued with a power that tastes divine; it is the definitive law that will never be equated and surpassed.  It is the lever that lifts the world from all its grave heaviness and which completely overturns it, upsetting the scale of values. Humanity will henceforth have to deal with these words; it will not be able to ignore them. Their significance and their absolute value lie in the intrinsic veracity, in the reliability of those who have uttered them: the man Jesus signed them with His life. He has shown Himself to be on the side of truth, and whoever accepts Him must also accept all His words. The mystery hidden in the depths of God, the arcane wisdom for which so many research projects have been set in motion, the elixir of immortality that has ignited so many wise and philosophical passions, is enclosed and admirably presented by Jesus in this special revelation reserved for “you who listen”. Among the many exams that we have had to face in our lives, the comparison with these words of the Lord is the hardest, the most decisive: it goes from our life, and from the lives of others. Not my life at the expense of that of others, but of my life and that of others together.

Many decisions and behaviors of our lives are dictated by the emotion of the moment, from the momentary advantage that I can derive from a certain choice. Today I want to try to stop and make a serious examination of my recent choices of conscience, to see if they respond to a logic of opportunism or if they conform to the superior, ‘excessive’ morality that the Lord asks of me, and that is in tune with the true needs of my conscience.

THE VOICE OF Martin Luther King, Civil Rights Leader

When Abraham Lincoln led his campaign for the presidency, one of the fiercest enemies was a man named Stanton … Lincoln was elected President of the United States … The day came when he had to choose a man to cover the most important position, that of “Secretary of War”. Can you imagine whom he chose to cover this position? Stanton! … Thus Stanton became Abraham Lincoln’s “Secretary of War” and gave incalculable service to the nation and to the President. Not many years later, Lincoln was assassinated. Many praises were pronounced over him. But of all the great things said about Abraham Lincoln, Stanton’s words remain among the greatest. Standing near the body of the man he once hated, Stanton referred to him as one of the greatest men who had ever lived, and said, “He now belongs to history”  If Lincoln had hated Stanton, they would both have descended into his grave like bitter enemies. But, with the power of love, Lincoln turned an enemy into a friend.



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