Sunday, February 19, 2017
SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
“The Lord said to Moses, ‘Speak to the whole Israelite community, and tell them: ‘Be holy, for I the Lord, your God, am holy.’… You have heard the commandment… But I say to you… offer no resistance to injury… but I say to you love your enemies, pray for your persecutors… you must be perfected as your heavenly father is perfect.”
The letter of the law reads one way, but the spirit of the law as taught by Jesus and which we are to follow demands much more. To turn the other check, and eliminate the word “hate” from our life and vocabulary is not easy, but it is His command.
We have lived the jubilee year of mercy, being reminded constantly to be perfect, to seek mercy and then reflect it to all. All of us are called to be holy, to walk the path of sanctity, although we seem to put it on a back burner. What God said to Moses, what Jesus taught, is the call of the Holy Father to us today. Through prayer, sacrifice and good works, the road we are on will bring us to the perfection we strive for, the holiness to which the Lord invites us. The few words of Jesus ‘but I say to you…’ should make us think.