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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.

本主日读经训

他人若憎恨厌恶我们,我们下意识会以眼還眼,以牙還牙,然而今日经文反劝诫我们不要抵抗惡人,甚至當愛你們的仇人,為迫害你們的人祈禱。这种有背常理的思维心态,就是让我们超脱世俗,证明我们配得上天父子女身份,因为天父本身亦大公无私,光照惡人,也光照善人、降雨給義 人,也給不義的人。不将人己异分类,让信徒能辨识出天父圣家的壮大,效仿起天父的无私博爱所有世人。

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