Thursday, September 13, 2012 by Food for Thought
FirstReading: 1 Cor 8:1b-7, 11-13
Psalm: Ps 139:1b-3, 13-14ab, 23-24
Gospel: Lk 6:27-38
If it was easy to forgive those who wronged us; if it was really that simple to look on our enemies with love; if the pains we experienced because of misunderstandings and selfish actions were dismissed that quickly, perhaps this would be a more peaceful place to live.
Unfortunately, conflicts have become par for the course instead of exceptions to the rule. Reparation is desperately demanded for offenses committed.
But Jesus continually challenges us to go beyond ourselves. So if we get slapped, offer the offender the other cheek. Love never settles for what is passable, rather it goes beyond what is expected; whatever the minimum may be.
As long as we turn our hearts to what our Lord desires from us, the transformation will happen, albeit a bit slowly. Each time our patience grows and our anger subsides, maybe we can look on those who have hurt us with a little more understanding and compassion, and a little less hate and regret. That truly takes a whole lot of grace.
May we always aim for what is more than just okay. May our actions be used by God to really bring about the peace and harmony we all seek. It is through this cooperative effort of love that His kingdom will be built upon.
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