Today we celebrate the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time. Yet our scripture readings for this day are not ordinary. Each of today’s readings, in one way or another, asks us to remember who we are, to whom we belong, how to act as brothers and sisters and not to use others’ behavior as an excuse for our own! Though written long ago for a people half way across the world, these speak to us today, right now.
So often in life we are asked to remember who we are – in our families, in our communities, in movies, in books, in school and even in our friend groups. We often find our daily encounters with a gentle or not so gentle reminder to remember who we are. Many times we are called to look at our roots and our scriptures remind us to do so. In Leviticus we read: “You are holy, because I, your God, am holy…” In our responsorial psalm we hear: “the Lord is kind and merciful.” In St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians: “You are the temple of God… the Spirit of God dwells in you…” and in our Gospel from St. Matthew: “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of God…” In each of these readings we are reminded of God’s abundant love for us. May we live this week in the knowledge that we are loved and cherished by God.
Pat Schifini, OSU