Forgive from your heart

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

Saturday 22 January 2022

Ordinary Time 2

WORD of the DAY 

He answered that many of the soldiers had fled the battle 
and that many of them had fallen and were dead, 
among them Saul and his son Jonathan…
David seized his garments and rent them, and all the men who were with him did likewise.
They mourned and wept and fasted until evening 
for Saul and his son Jonathan. 
(2 Samuel 1,4: 11-12)

How shall I live this Word?  

This passage helps us to deepen the reflection of yesterday. If yesterday David respected a proverb, today he puts into practice what we read in the Gospel according to Matthew, “But I tell you: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Mt 5:44).

He did not enjoy the death of Saul who had persecuted him; he suffered so much that he tore his clothes. How do we deal with ‘our enemy’? The one who makes us suffer? The one we cannot we stand? If we love him/her, if we pray for their sake, we should suffer for their misfortunes. Easy to say and difficult to do, only sincere prayer, which starts from our heart, can pave the way to take this important step in our life.

 With Grace what we read in Ezekiel chapter 36 verse 26 will happen “I will give you a new heart, I will put a new spirit within you, I will take away from you the heart of stone and I will give you a heart of flesh.” Only with this heart of flesh will we be able to love our enemies.

Lord, You promised us through the prophet Ezekiel, “”I will give you a new heart, I will put a new spirit within you, I will take away from you the heart of stone and I will give you a heart of flesh.”  We ask you to give us this heart of flesh.

The Voice of Pope Francis, Morning Meditation, 18 June 2013 

We think that God is asking too much of us.  We think, let us leave these things to the cloistered sisters who are saints, to some holy soul!  But this is not the right attitude. “Jesus says that we must do this, otherwise we will be like the publicans, the pagans, and we are not Christians…Jesus asks us to love our enemies.  How can we do this? Prayer works miracles and this is not only when we are in the presence of enemies.  It is also true when we nourish some antipathy, ‘some small unfriendliness.’ Then we need to pray, so that the Lord would come with oil and prepare our hearts for peace.

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