Homilies: 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

My homily for the 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) as preached during the 5pm Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton.

The readings were 1 Samuel 26:2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23; 1 Corinthians 15:45-49; Luke 6:27-38.

“Love your enemies? Sounds all but impossible! Yet the heart of today’s Gospel is a call to change the way we live our lives to be more in keeping with God’s way of being – to ‘be merciful as the Father is merciful’, to lavish love, mercy and forgiveness on others as God lavishes the same on us.”


One thought on “Homilies: 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

  1. In yesterday’s (Sunday) reflection of the Gospel reading, it discusses a situation where a Teacher asked her class, “If you were arrested by a hostile regime for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?”

    I thought long and hard about this very question for a while. Is the evidence that would convict me purely circumstantial? Or, is there hard concrete evidence that would tie me to the teachings of Jesus?

    In Luke 6:27-38 Jesus challenges and teaches his disciples about love of your enemy. “Bless those who curse you, pray for those who treat you badly”. This is the well-known Gospel reading where we’re told to “turn the other cheek”, and the famous “treat others how you would like to be treated”.

    Furthermore, Jesus tells us that even the sinners seek revenge or retribution.

    We should offer forgiveness and pardon as this is the thing that separates us from the sinner.

    Interestingly, I heard on the news that 20% of the workforce feel they have a major enemy that they work with. In most cases, they also have days off to avoid seeing or being near them. I would think that there are many of us who can think of people we don’t enjoy spending time with. Let’s think about their life momentarily. What are they missing or seeking when they treat others harshly? What is the ‘hook’ that will turn their life of bitterness to a life of understanding?

    I’m still searching for a few hooks myself. Until then, love and understanding are the only tools I have. 


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