7th Sunday of Ordinary Time (24th February, 2019)
First Reading: 1 Sam 26:2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23
Second Reading: 1 Cor 15:45-49
Gospel: Lk 6:27-38
In the Gospel of Luke today, will listen to the teaching of Jesus which has been the best advice that one can receive. That is to say, to love our enemies because loving those who love us has no Grace net it. Even sinners do that.
If we do favours to those expecting it in return then what is the difference between us and sinners? give without expecting it back
For the one who hits you on the right cheek show him the left also. If we love who hate us, our rewards will be high.
Be merciful to the wicked and our father in heaven will be merciful to us. Do not judge others so that we are a not judged.
What we give to others will be given back to us in full measure and overflowing.
These teachings had a huge influence on many. One person who comes to mind is the father of India Mahatma Gandhi himself.
India got independence not through blood shed. But through absolute non-violence.
Gandhiji has re-affirmed that it was Jesus Christ who influenced him through his teaching that inspired Gandhi to follow the path of non-violence. The parable of today certainly would have influenced him to get India the well-deserved independence.
Had we gone the way of violence, we may have achieved the same result, but at the cost of losing many innocent lives.
Let this day mark the beginning of learning a new strategy of loving our enemies so that enemies are eradicated. Amen.