Memorial of St. Peter Claver,
The scriptures today are an interesting mix. They speak
to me about contrasting things, all of which challenge me. Paul speaks
to the Corinthians about sin. Somethings I do may not seem to be a
sin, but what if it causes my brother to sin? The psalmist praises
God who created us. And in Luke, Jesus.... well, Jesus turns
the world upside down.
I cannot imagine being one of the disciples listening to Christ.
You’ve been following Jesus for sometime now. You know he is special.
And then he lays this on you? Love your enemy? Bless those who
curse you? Turn the other cheek? Give to people who won’t pay
you back? What? I must have heard Jesus wrong. Could you
please repeat that? This is so contrary to what I am used to.
It is the complete opposite of what the world teaches. This is too
much change. It seems an impossible challenge. This does not make sense.
Or does it? Christ promises great reward to those who can follow these
commands. When we forgive we will be forgiven. When we give,
we will receive. We will be children of the Most High. Our reward
will be great.
I think of the land where Christ spoke these words. The conflict in the middle east is horrible. An incredible cycle of hatred and violence. Suicide bombers. Assassinations. Vengeance and revenge. An eye for an eye. I sometimes shake my head and wonder how it will ever end. Christ understands. It will not end with conventional wisdom. It will not end with normal, worldly thinking. It will require someone who can turn the world upside down. Someone with a heart for or like Christ’s. It is an incredible challenge to hear Christ’s words and not simply dismiss them as impossible. With God all things are possible.
Ministry Office Guestbook