Homily (Reflection) for Thursday of the Twenty-Third Week in Ordinary Time (I) (12th September, 2019) on the Gospel
Col 3:12-17;
Ps 150:1-6. (R.v.6);
Lk 6:27-38.

Topic: What a difficult task.
We read from today’s gospel in part,
Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again (Lk 6:27-30)
Judging from the world we live in, one wonders whether Jesus really mean these or were they part of His parables. Remember His words, “If any one comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple” (Lk 14:26).
Jesus was not joking. He only stated the fact that we must bear in mind always. Christianity is a way of life. Although it is not an easy way but we must remember also what God has prepared for those who love him, cf. 1Cor 2:9. We must first endure before we can rejoice, cf. 2Tim 2:12.
Bible Reading: Lk 14:25-33.
Thought for today: ...the measure you give will be the measure you get back (Lk 6:38).
Let us pray: Lord, give us the strength to live out our call despite all difficulties – Amen.
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