Sunday 24 February 2019
Week II Psalter. 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
1 Samuel 26:2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23. Psalm 102(103):1-2, 3-4, 8+10, 12-13. 1 Corinthians 15:45-49; Luke 6:27-38.
The Lord is kind and merciful – Psalm 102(103):1-2, 3-4, 8+10, 12-13.
‘Love your enemies and do good to them.’
‘I have never yet met an enemy whom I did not try to turn into a friend’ (Nelson Mandela). This mentality transforms our world. We choose not to participate in the demonising of others. We decide to welcome strangers as possible friends. We grow in a certain other-centredness that gives oneself to another’s benefit. We possess a love of neighbour which extends beyond love of kin and love of those who love us. Our love extends to love of the poor and outcast, the dispossessed and forsaken. To use the language of Greg Boyle SJ, we seek to expand the circle of compassion until such time as we stop throwing people away.
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