Love as Jesus loves you


Friday 21 January 2022

Ordinary Time 2

WORD of the DAY 

The old proverb says, ‘From the wicked comes forth wickedness.’
So I will take no action against you.
(1 Samuel 24: 14)

How shall I live this Word?  

The whole first reading illustrates how David could kill Saul, but he preferred to respect the proverb highlighted above. We can say that he anticipated what Jesus said in the Gospel, “You have understood that it was said: You will love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father who is in heaven; he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and makes it rain on the just and the unjust.” (Mt 5:43-45)

And are we able not to harm those who harass us? We often respond to those who annoy us with a grim look, with an annoyed tone. How often do we lose patience in these contexts? Not only with those who harass us, but also in discussions, with those who have opposite opinions to ours, do we manage to dialogue with respect, detachment, love? Surely the attention to our behavior and the examination of conscience help us, with the grace of the Lord, to put the cited proverb and the teaching of Jesus into practice more and more.

Lord help me to put love in every human relationship, above all with those who make me suffer.

The Voice of Pope Francis, Angelus 2-19-2017 

Jesus does not ask his disciples to suffer evil, on the contrary, He asks to react, but not with another evil, but with good. Only in this way can the chain of evil be broken, and things really change. (…) What Jesus wants to teach us is the clear distinction we must make between justice and revenge. (…) We are allowed to ask for justice; it is our duty to practice justice. Instead, we are forbidden to take revenge or foment revenge in any way, as an expression of hatred and violence.”

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