FROM THE PASTOR
Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
February 19, 2017
On this weekend of the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, February 18/19, Jesus Christ in Matthew 5: 38-48 makes it very clear that we are not to offer resistance to evil. If that wasn't enough, we are also told to love and pray for our enemies. Surely, this is a direct and concrete application of the Law of Love. Yet this is not an easy thing to do. We need the help of the Holy Spirit to live this way.
Scholars have called the teachings of Jesus about divorce and remarriage, "the hard sayings of Jesus." Yet the teaching about loving our enemies and praying for our persecutors is the hardest of all! Given the dark side of our fallen human nature, we will not always be successful in living out this most difficult teaching of Jesus. It will always be a struggle in trying to love our enemy. But somehow we need to try no matter how difficult! We can choose a life of forgiving love lived in relation to family, friends, neighborhood, parish and all other persons or not! We have been given free will. We are free to accept or reject the sacrificial demands of the Gospel outlined in the Sermon on the Mount! It's always a matter of our own choice!
The Bishop's Appeal will soon begin! When it does, it will be a great way to financially express our love for the needs of Catholics outside our parish in the Diocese of Oakland. Keep on giving for the sake of Christ and His Church.
Blessings Upon All,