Homily (Reflection) for Monday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time (I) (17th July, 2017) on the Gospel

Ex 1:8-14.22;
Ps 123. (R. v.8);
Matt 10:34–11:1.

Topic: ‘Not Peace, but a Sword’.
Today’s gospel is made up of two major sections – What Jesus brought (Matt 10:34-39) and His teaching on rewards (Matt 10:40-42). In the first section, Jesus addressed His disciples,
Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one’s foes will be members of one’s own household.
Often some interpret this passage as a call to declare war on everybody. Yet He also commanded us to “be at peace with one another” (Mk 9:50). Again, “...Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matt 5:44; Lk 6:27). And again, “Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, on account of the Son of man” (Lk 6:22).
Whoever is following God must be ready for the world’s hatred and not he/she hating the world. We do not belong to the world, cf. Jn 15:18-19.
 Bible Reading: Lk 6:27-36.
Thought for today: Friendship with the world is enmity with God (Jas 4:4).
Let us pray: Lord, give us the grace to stand firm doing your will regardless of the stand of the world – Amen.
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