First Reading: 1 Samuel 26:2,7-9,12-13,22-23
Responsorial Psalm: Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10, 12-13
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:45-49
Gospel: Luke 6:27-38
During Ordinary Time we continue to hear what Jesus has to say about how we must act if we are to be His followers. Today the word is love your enemies… Who can do that? But that is what Jesus tells us to do.
We see in today’s first reading that David spared King Saul’s life and though Saul was his enemy and had intentions to kill David. David saw Saul as God’s anointed one. And one who was not to be harmed. And so each one of us is God’s anointed one. All life is valuable in God’s eyes despite what the person may have done to harm us.
So how do we love our enemies? Today’s gospel contains the Golden Rule for doing that. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” says Jesus in Luke 6:31. This is such a universal directive that we find this saying in many religions, in slightly different words. Here is a sampling: Buddhism: Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful. Islam: No one is a believer until you desire for another that which you desire for himself. Zoroastrianism – Human nature is good only when it does not do unto another whatever is not good for its own self. Baha’i – Blessed are those who prefer others before themselves. Judaism – What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. This is the entire Torah. The rest is commentary. And finally Sikhism – Be not estranged from one another for God dwells in every heart.
Following the Golden Rule will certainly put us in good company. We are all God’s chosen ones. If we see each other as blessed by God, we must learn to love each person as God loves him or her. And who does not want to be treated with love?
God of Love, You call us to love as You love. Help us to see others as You see them, as persons made in Your image and likeness. Help us to stop judging. Guide us in forgiving over and over again and to treat others as we would like to be treated. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Annette Grisley, OSF