Recent deplorable comments by politicians and presidents across the world kept coming to mind looking at this Sunday’s readings. Expressions that breed hate, contempt and fear.

Some years ago, a particular Christian fashion came onto the scene, especially for young people. You would see people selling silicone bands with words WWJD embossed or imprinted on them. For those perhaps too young or too old to know, WWJD stands for “What Would Jesus Do?”.

Today’s Gospel is an adequate response to that question. But, as we have seen from the hate-filled quotes employed in recent times by presidents and politicians — not everyone would do as Jesus would like them to do.

This Sunday’s readings each tell us something about Jesus’ way of relating and how we might respond to politicians, presidents and to our friends who either willingly or unwittingly pronounce hatred, contempt and fear.

Join Ricardo da Silva SJ as he reflects on the readings for the Third Sunday of the Year.

Read the texts in your Bible or hover your mouse over the references below to see the texts.

Nehemiah 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10; Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 15; 1 Corinthians 12:12-30; Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21

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