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Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

1st Reading: 1 Samuel 26:2, 7-9, 12-13
Resp.: Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10, 12-13
2nd Reading: 1st Corinthians 15:45-49 
Gospel: Luke 6:27-38 

There are times that we can be tempted to think that God is always ready to get us back for the sins that we commit. This is definitely not true. Otherwise, Jesus would not have come to redeem us. Also, we must be mindful that committing sin is its own punishment. It's like trying to use a toaster to make ice cubes. It doesn't work. In the same way, sinning does not work for us but God knows that we can be easily fooled and that we are weak.

In today's readings we are shown examples of how we can be merciful to others. Since God asks us to be merciful it means that He is merciful. He says it is mercy I desire and not sacrifice. 

It is easy to be good to people we like which is what Jesus says in the Gospel. We have to go beyond that. David could have easily killed Saul but he respected his position and showed him mercy.

When Jesus said not to judge he meant for us not to make judgments about people as if we are God and know everything. We make judgments every day and that is fine when we have the competency to do so — what to wear, what to eat, which route is the best way to the airport. Those are judgments but not the same as those made about the soul of another. As regards others we can't help but notice things. We can make objective judgments but not subjective ones. 

When Jesus says not to condemn others it for the same reason. People are not to be condemned but sin is to be condemned. As is said : hate the sin, not the sinner.

God is love. He is merciful and this is the time for mercy. We should act on this sooner than later because after the period of Divine Mercy, the time for Divine Judgement will be here.

Written by Fr. Jim Curiel, OCD
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