February 24th, 2019
VII Sunday of Ordinary Time
To learn to love another, even an enemy, we must learn to judge him by what God has done, in me, and in him.
1Sam 26:2.7-9.12-13.22-23; Ps 102 (103); 1Cor15:45-49; Lk 6:27-38
“Love your enemies … be merciful, as your Father is merciful,” says Jesus. The first reading shows us David capable of these attitudes, when he saves the life of Saul, who is currently persecuting him. From chapter 18, the first book of Samuel told us that Saul looked at David “with suspicion” (see 1 Sam 18.9). David, on the other hand, looks at Saul in a completely different way, as emerges in the dialogue with Abishai. He defines Saul as an “enemy” while for David he is “the consecrated one of the Lord”. David does not look at Saul’s actions, but according to what the Lord had done in Saul. This is a look similar to what we encounter in Saint Paul, who defines his brother as someone for whom Christ died, as he died for me (see 1 Corinthians 8:11). Our view of the other person changes if we base it on what the Lord has done for me and for him. We can also understand the invitation to be merciful like the Father. Recognizing the mercy that we receive from God, we can live it towards others. This will also be our reward: God will bring to completion those little gestures of mercy that we begin to do, leading them to the fullness of his love.
Commentary by Comunità di Dumenza
Translation by f. Mark Hargreaves, Prinknash Abbey