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Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

February 20, 2011

THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE

Today we are called to love others as God loves them, even if they are our enemies.  We are called to a heroic love that extends well beyond any action.  God’s love is not interested in a response because it does not require it.  Rather, Love as God, is a simple willing of the good for the other because they are, not because of what they do.

Of course, today it is hard for us to name our “enemies,” but that does not mean we don’t have them.  How many times have we heard Christians in our midst talk about a “war with evil”?   We even sing hymns about the “Christian solider”  We hear rally cries about the need to fight for this or that.

But such mentalities, even as popular as they are, stand in contradiction to today’s Gospel.   When did you hear Jesus talk about a battle between good and evil?  When did you hear him call us to fight – even if it is only done with prayer?

No, Jesus calls us into deeper transformation of our own self, which will lead to the transformation of others.

CLICK HERE for the Readings for the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time: (Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18; 1 Corinthians 3:16-23; Matthew 5.38-48)

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