Feb. 19, 2017 - 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A
Saint Martin de Tours Catholic Church
We are taught to treat one another as adversaries. Everything is a battle. It's me against you and someone has to win. Someone has to come out on top. Which means someone has to lose.
Our political system is that way. So are all of our sports and video games. There is one winner and lots of losers.
The relationship between employers and employees is often adversarial. Our legal system is adversarial. And sadly, sometimes the relation between a bishop and his priests can become adversarial.
When this happens, we get all worked up about who wins or we stress or worry that we will lose and our emotions spill over into anger and hatred and mean-spiritedness.
And losers today are often poor sports.
In the book of Leviticus the Lord says through Moses, I am the Lord your God. I am holy. There shall be no hatred, no revenge. You shall only love.
Our plans, our schemes, our desires, our hearts.
God says about these let no one deceive himself. God catches the wise in their own ruses. The Lord God knows the thoughts of the wise.
The Lord God knows our plans, our schemes, our desires, our hearts. We cannot hide from God.
Even though God catches us in our own ruse, in our own scheming, God is still kind and merciful.
Today we see so much violence and hatred in the world, so much eye for eye, so much tooth for tooth.
And all too often it's over stupid little nothings.
The Lord Jesus says offer no resistance to one who is evil.
The Lord Jesus says turn away from those who strike. The Lord Jesus says give to those who ask. The Lord Jesus says to love those who hate.
The Lord Jesus desires us to get to a place where there are no more plans and schemes. A place where all we feel is love forever. All we feel is mercy forever.
There has to be a movement away from what divides us. There has to be of movement away from it makes us different.
We have to move toward seeing the goodness in each person. We have to move toward seeing the struggle in each person.
We have to move toward seeing the insecurity in each person. We have to move toward seeing the weakness in each person.
Only then can I begin to see that you are just like me and I am just like you and that there can be no revenge, no hatred. Only love is love is love is love is love.
The Lord is love. The Lord is mercy. Hatred falls away. Revenge falls away. And there is only love. Love forever.