“For he is good to the ungrateful and the wicked.” (Lk 6:35, 36)
Today’s Passage: Lk 6:27-38
Meditation: This word actually makes each and every one of us double strong in our daily Christian life. It is this realization of the nature of God that makes you and me renewed and rejuvenated. Whatever we read in today’s passage (Lk 6:27-38) becomes impractical and impossible for us if we don’t experience the meaning of the verse, “For he is good to the ungrateful and the wicked.” (Lk 6:35, 36) Whoever understood the meaning of this verse in their lives cannot but do those instructions of our Lord Jesus. Yes, it makes you and me love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who hate you, and so on. Really it made the prodigal son to return to his father; the thought of his father’s forgiving and compassionate love. (Lk 15:17-20) It is only this trust in my God’s unforgiving love that makes me also to return to God, to go to the confessional and receive the forgiveness of God. St. Paul the greatest missionary proudly proclaims this uniqueness of Jesus Christ as he says, ‘when we were still helpless, Christ died for the wicked; while we were all still sinners, Christ died for us; we were God’s enemies, but he made us his friends though the death of his son.’ (Rom 5:6, 8, 10) It is the remembrance of this gratuitous love of god that made Paul undergo all those litany of his sufferings in life for Christ (2 Cor 11:16-33); it made boast him in loud voice, “Who, then, can separate us from the love of Christ? Can trouble do it, or hardship or persecution or hunger or poverty or danger or death?” (Rom 8:35) In your difficulty of forgiving your enemy, please remember the abundance of love and forgiveness you have received from the Lord. It is here you and myself fail like the unforgiving servant who received a lot but forgot everything. (Mt 18:21-35) Let us prepare ourselves to make this word of the Lord practical in our lives through thankfully remembering the gratuitous gifts and graces we received from our God.
Prayer: Lord God, we thank you and praise you for your daily eternal bread. As human beings, if we look at ourselves, we feel many things you have announced today in the gospel are impractical and impossible. However, if we look at you and the way you have behaved toward us, it makes rethink our attitude toward our brethren. Therefore, Lord, give us your Holy Spirit in its abundance so that we may lead a lifter your divine word. Amen!
Greetings: Take courage! God is with you! Have a nice and blissful Thursday…