Be merciful as your Father is merciful

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“God expects us to let Him love through us as He loves us endlessly.”

Readings: Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

“Be merciful as your Father is merciful”

“Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you...”

This text of the gospel is one of the most difficult. Because it is difficult, or rather very demanding to live Heaven on Earth. And yet that is what it is about. Think of Maximilian KOLBE, or the Monks of Tibhirin and so many others.

No, the Word of Jesus is not a speech of morality, it is the revelation of the perfect Love of which God loves man and of the boundless hope that God puts in man.

Jesus invites us to live unlimited love because God loves us with boundless love.

By asking us to “love our enemies, do good to those who hate us,” Jesus reveals to us who we are sons, of what divine life and of what Spirit we are animated, and for what boundless love we are created.

By asking us, “Be perfect as your Father is perfect” or “Be merciful as your Father is merciful.” Jesus does not impose on us perfection impossible to achieve. He invites us to dare to believe in our immense capacity to love, we who are created in the Image and Likeness of God.

“Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you...”

If it were a morality, a commandment, a constraint, we would be like slaves under divine domination.

And we would be convinced of incapacity from the outset.

But this is the Gift of God, the Source which He deposited in our hearts.

The Good News of the Gospel is that the heart of man is capable of loving as God and there is therefore no greater happiness than that of loving and forgiving in the way of God.

“You shall be, “said Jesus, “the sons of the Most High. “

To live this Gospel page, we must first walk a path of inner liberation. Jesus shows us how to find in us the image of God, how to find our origins. Jesus discovers us a path, an orientation. He sends us an urgent invitation to love, to love always better.

Just a few days before the time of Lent, the Lord calls us to forgive without limit. He proposes a life program that is more than a behavioural ethic, which is more than a call for renunciation. He offers us a program of life that is a path of faith. What makes us Christians is overmeasure. The more it exceeds the reasonable, the more perfect Christians it makes us. Let us not fear the dismeasures in our lives of believers. Because they open up to a transfiguration of our daily lives.

Remember that the gospel had reserved for us the surprising beatitudes of Jesus last week. Today, the commentary he makes of it seems to go beyond bounds and common sense: “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you...”

To love is not only to refrain from harming your opponent, as David sets an example in the first reading, but to respond to evil with good, even if there is no reciprocity. To break the infernal circle of violence, revenge, retaliation. It is God who inspires such attitudes. And it is God who gives strength and ability to live them you.

Well, without waiting for the beginning of the Lent time, let's start now, with God's help. Let us take a courageous look at our neighbourhoods and work, on the conflicts of inheritance and alliance within our families, on the life of our community and the Church.

What God expects of us is that we let Him love through us as He loves us endlessly.

The Good News of this Sunday is that the Spirit of God enshrined in every human heart the ability to love as God loves us! Our love for others must increasingly correspond to God's love for us, i.e. infinite and merciful love.

Father Christophe Hermanowicz

Homily

Organ: At the Great Organ, Guy Didier

Tenth suite in MI (G.G. Nivers)

- Entry: “Prelude”

- Offertory: “Fugue”

- Communion: “Basse trumpet”, “Cornet”

- Release: “Choral en Trio” (Christ lay in the bonds of death) (J.S. Bach)

On wikipedia:

Guillaume-Gabriel Nivers

John Sebastian Bach

The other homilies of Father Christophe Hermanowicz

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