First Reading: Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm: 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10, 12-13
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 3:16-23
Gospel: Matthew 5:38-48
Revenge is probably the most popular theme in classic novels, with celebrated Alexandre Dumas leading the gang. Nothing feels more satisfying than getting even (or more) than the person who wronged you to the point of making your life a miserable life. The contemporary of “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth” is now “to he who gave you hell, give hell back again.” (Okay, that’s something I made up haha.) Truth, this is how a human ego operates. That is why we have lessons in Western and Asian histories depicting the rise and fall of kingdoms, the annexation of territories, and the eruptions of bloody wars.
Yet, around two millennia and a decade ago, Jesus posed this challenge of going against the norms and “loving your enemies.” Unsurprisingly, as seen in history’s evidences, He was not taken seriously.
Then again why not? While it is hard to do this, why can’t we do such things. Some people accepted the challenge. At first their news were not that good. However as time flew by, they wore the biggest of all big smiles I’ve ever seen so far. Just a simple hug to their ex-nemesis changed their lives, as this simple act made them realize how much time they’ve wasted simply on not settling things. Comments from each parties were heard well.
These are true stories from worship sharings during religious seminars and campings I’ve attended.
This reminds me of the couple in Enchanted who are about to get a divorce but in the end decide against it. Kill them with kindness. If you have an enemy, treat him very well to the point he begins to think you’re doing weird things. By God’s grace he’ll soon be the one running to you and asking to ask for your friendship. Confrontations are avoided, pronto.
It’s hard at first but in the end the results will be more enjoyable than from exacting revenge. The latter only gives momentary bliss (it could even land you in jail) but the former grants eternal happiness of the spirit.
But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust. Matthew 5:44-45