FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Tuesday 14 June 2022 11th Week of Ordinary Time
Jesus said to his disciples:
“You have heard that it was said,
You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.
But I say to you, love your enemies
and pray for those who persecute you,
that you may be children of your heavenly Father,
for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good,
and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust. (Matthew 5: 44-45)
How shall I live this Word?
How difficult is this Word of the Lord which reminds us that we are all brothers and sisters, children of the same Father, both the good and the bad. And precisely because brothers and sisters, we must take care of everyone and pray for one another, even for those who are our enemies and for those who harm us.
But it is not easy to tell those who are fighting to defend their city and their family from an unjust and meaningless war. It is not easy to tell those who have seen harm done to their children, their parents, friends, and are asked to forgive.
It is not easy to say to those who have seen their rights trampled on, to those who have been bullied and mistreated, to those who have been mocked and insulted; it is not easy to tell those who have been hit by rumor and slander.
It is not easy, but Jesus did it, before us and for us, and with Him many men and women, saints, regular people, with their own limitations and defects, but with a clarity, that of wanting to take seriously Jesus and His Gospel, forgiving and loving above all measure, even their own persecutors.
Because loving one’s enemies and praying for them is a human action which, however, makes us ‘divine’, similar to Jesus.
Lord, teach us to love all the people you put next to us, even when this costs us and seems impossible to us… help us to be more and more like You.
The Voice of Fr. Ermes Ronchi
The whole Gospel is here: love each other, otherwise you will destroy yourselves. Otherwise, the victory will always be of the most violent, the most armed, the cruelest. Jesus intends to eliminate the very concept of enemy. Violence produces violence like an infinite chain. I choose to break it. Not to replicate what I have suffered on others. And that’s how I free myself.
The concreteness of holiness, nothing abstract and distant, earthly holiness that smells of home, bread, encounters. They are not precepts, but the offering of a power, transmitted from God to humans, of a divine force, of a divine energy.
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