Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
September 13, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 150:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you! (see Luke 6:27)
Often, when asked who the major influences in our lives are-we seldom include ourselves. There are two very different ways of addressing people and events in our lives-we can either react or respond-each with dramatically different results.
In today's Gospel, God calls us to love, but at the same time, He reminds us that it takes an enormous amount of strength and courage to fully answer this call to love-to be compassionate, kind, humble, gentle, patient and forgiving to all (see Colossians 3:12-13).
There is nothing extraordinary about loving those who are caring and generous toward us. At some point in our lives we will encounter people who are deceitful, unkind and selfish. When this happens our natural tendency is to retaliate and defend ourselves against them.
But the words and deeds of Christ teach a path that is different to that of violence, hatred or revenge-it is a path that demands us to face the injustice of our world with the courage and strength that come from trusting that our ultimate victory will be with God if we obey His command to love anyway.
So when we look back at our lives and the major influences that brought us to where we are today-do we find that we are passively reacting to the people and events we find along the way or are we responding with love-as Jesus taught us?
- Anne --
Thursday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time
St. John Chrysostom, bishop and doctor of the Church
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