February 23, 2014

Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

Our readings this week challenge us to be radically different from the world.  In world, people are able to ignore anyone that they do not like.  People can turn their backs on others and talk about them, spreading rumors and gossiping.  But how does any of this behavior fit into today’s readings?  The answer is that it doesn’t.

 

As Christians, Christ is challenging us to be better than the world.  What good is it that we are only kind and loving to those who are kind and loving to us?  This is easy and this is what the world does.  But it is very difficult to be kind and loving to the person you know is gossiping about you, who is actively trying to steal your promotion or laughs when you fall.  Everything inside of you tells you to ignore this person, to stay away from him or her and even to talk about them.

 

But Christ tells us to stop responding to evil with evil.  No longer an eye for an eye, instead if someone strikes us, we continue to love them.  Could you imagine what the world would like, what our church community would look like, if we responded to everyone with love, especially those who have wronged us?  Remember, following Christ is never easy, but is always worth it.  Think of this the next time you are tempted to gossip or when you hear others gossiping.  May all of our words give glory to God and serve only to build His Kingdom here on earth!

 

 

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