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Putting On The Mind of God
23 February 2020 ( Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time )
[ Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18 ] [First Corinthians 3:16-23 ] [Matthew 5:38-48 ]
If a person hates us, our instinct is to hate him back; and if anyone harms us, we are inclined to get even. But in this week’s reading we are told to love our enemies, and do good to those who harm us. And if anyone hits us on the right cheek, offer him the other as well! Yes, the rules don’t make sense when we operate with our own fallen nature which is selfish. As Christians we are called to be holy as God is holy. That means to elevate our minds to be able to think, feel and act like God. God is generous and accommodating, slow to anger and quick to forgive. He created the world for every one of us to share in its bounty. We should avoid classifying people into the “them” and “us” camps. When we are able to see each person as our brother or sister, as part of the larger family of God, it is easier for us to give more freely and to be more forgiving and accommodating. Every person is precious in the eyes of God.