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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Monday of 11th week in Ordinary Time Download This Homily

2 Corinthians 6:1-10 ;

 Psalm 98:1-4;

Gospel MT 5:38-42


Jesus said to his disciples:
"You have heard that it was said,
9An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.)
But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil.
When someone strikes you on your right cheek,
turn the other one to him as well.
If anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic,
hand him your cloak as well.
Should anyone press you into service for one mile,
go with him for two miles.
Give to the one who asks of you,
and do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow."

 

Keep the Peace of Your Heart

  

The teachings of Jesus in today’s Gospel provide us with two secrets for leading a serene and peaceful life.


1.   Never seek retaliation for any injury or insult.

People think that by retaliating they are going to get peace and justice. Can one feel good after taking revenge? Hate begets hate and violence begets violence. When we keep grudges in our hearts, when we think of taking revenge, it is we ourselves that suffer first: our concentration is lost, peace and serenity evade us; we are moody, lose hunger and taste for food, we are not focused. For the continuous thought of the injustice done to us or the injury inflicted upon us steal our peace of mind. To save humanity from the self made prison of bitterness and boiling anger, Jesus suggests the sure and the only medicine “forgiveness from the heart”. Hate cannot end hate, violence cannot end violence. Only loving forgiveness can end the chain of hatred and violence. When we forgive others we are earning merit in front of God, who will also forgive the many sins and faults of ours. When we forgive we are also creating new friendships and bridges. Hence, the one who forgives is never a loser, but a winner. We have living examples of such heroic forgivers, who have added value to our Christian living, like Nelson Mandela, who forgave those who kept him in prison for 27 years and is still working for forgives and reconciliation among war –torn African tribes, Mrs Gladis Stein who forgave the murderers of her missionary husband and two minor children, and the parents of Sr Rani Maria, who was brutally killed in the missions. Their life examples amply proves to us that what Jesus asks us in today’s Gospel are practical.


2.   Be generous in doing your duties

The second secret for a happy life is to serve others generously. There are two ways of doing things. One is doing the minimum possible as required by the duty with the minimum of efficiency. No one can object to that person, for he has done his duty. But there is another way of doing things: doing with a smile, with gracious courtesy, with enthusiasm and maximum efficiency as if it is an offering to God. This is what Jesus means, when he asks us to walk the extra mile.


Dr. Jacob Marangattu CMI


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