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  • 7th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    ONLY BY GOD’s GRACE!

    “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” – these are perhaps some of the most challenging words every spoken to us by Jesus. We hear them in today’s Gospel as Jesus continues, on the hills overlooking the Sea of Galilee, to share his vision with the disciples of how our lives on earth can reflect the kingdom of heaven. These revolutionary words “love your enemies” take us to the heart of how we are truly to be salt and light for the world.
     
    Jesus’ vision is for us to share in the Father’s generous and unconditional love. So he challenges us to leave behind our human instincts to respond to violence with more violence, to pain received with pain inflicted in return and instead respond with a deep generosity and dignity which can break the cycle of anger and revenge. In fact, Moses’ law of equal revenge – “eye for eye and tooth for tooth” – represented a huge advance on the primitive lust for uncontrolled revenge (which we still see in ethnic and tribal massacres around the world today). But for Jesus any form of retaliation is a contradiction of love. God’s love, as St Paul tells us, is “patient and kind, never jealous or boastful, arrogant or rude... it is not irritable or resentful…it does not rejoice in wrongdoing but rejoices in the truth… it is always ready to show compassion, to trust, to hope and to endure whatever comes.” Wow – I don’t know about you, but that makes me realise how far I still have to go to love as God loves! 

    God understands how difficult this is for us – Jesus experienced the reality of our struggles every day he was with us on earth! So he continues to help and encourage us in so many ways. This weekend we welcome the relics of Blessed Jacinta and Francisco to the parish – the example of the saints and Our Lady are a real sign to us that with God’s grace we can learn to love as he loves. And in ten days we begin our Lenten journey – an invitation to walk beside Jesus in his sacrifice, passion and death – so that we can become more and more like him. We can’t do this by ourselves – we need each other and we need God’s grace.

    With blessings and prayers from Fr Richard, Fr Ephrem & the parish team.

    Posted 18 Feb 2017, 12:44 by Our Lady of Fatima Church - White City London
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