Good News C13
Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jesus says, “Love your enemies.” Sometimes we get so angry at others, the last thing we think about is sending them “Love.” Loving your enemies is hard to do. Enemies sometimes do things that hurt you deeply. They cause you pain. They make you fearful. Most people try to think of a way to get back…to get revenge…to get even. Guess what? You never get even. It only creates more hurt and more heart ache. Why??? Because you receive what you give.
Before your next meeting with your enemy, forgive them. Forgive them even though they have not said they were sorry. Forgive them even though they are not sorry for the pain they have caused you. Forgive them as God forgives you. Forgive them seven times seventy times…490 times. A few times, I had to forgive more than 490 times. I am only guessing because it’s hard to keep track. God doesn’t keeping track and stop at 490 times. Thank you, Lord.
Set up a meeting to talk with the person who has hurt you. Before this meeting, again, try to work through it so that you have forgiven them before you see them. Then when you talk with them, you won’t be attacking them personally, just what they did. When you don’t attack them personally, they may have room for change. If you send love rather than daggers through the air, it does amazing things. When you ask God to send his love to your enemies, their whole attitude might change. They may change their way of acting. Ask God to bless them and to forgive them. Ask God to fill both of your hearts with his holy wisdom and compassion.
It’s really important to forgive. It brings healing to your body and your mind. If you have an earache, what did you hear that made you sick? Ask God to help you hear, as he hears. If your eyes hurt, what have you seen that is hurting you? Ask God to let you see, as he sees. If your arm is hurting, what have you been trying to carry by yourself? Ask God to help you carry your problems and worries for you.
Say the “Our Father” and ask God to help you forgive others so that you will be forgiven. You receive what you give. When you forgive, you receive forgiveness. This forgiveness fills you with peace and love. Thank God for your many blessings, your talents, your skills, your family, your friends, and your ability to forgive as he forgives. Ask him to help you make strengths out of your weaknesses. Just ask. God will show you how.
“Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day, our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.”
Copyright © 2004 Joan Y. Edwards