If your enemies could be at your mercy, would you show mercy?

In the first reading David has a choice, he can kill Saul or he can spare his life. David and Saul have fallen out and David has the opportunity to kill Saul with his own weapon. David doesn’t do this, he may even been able to justify the killing. Yet, he chooses another way. David offers Saul an alternative that does not involve the taking of his life.

In the Gospel Jesus calls upon us to love our enemies. He too offers alternative strategies to violence. These suggest that symbol is much stronger than action, symbols that compel us to find an alternative – compassionate – response to conflict. Jesus calls us all to be compassionate warriors.

When we get used to a pattern of force, a pattern of violence, as a response to injustice, it can so easily become a pattern of life. In the second reading St Paul reminds us that we are all born from above, that we are in Christ. Paul tries to help us see that we are born from above and therefore we should make choices that reflect “from above”.

Join Fr Anthony Egan SJ as he reflects on the readings for the Seventh Sunday of the Year.

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

1 Samuel 26:2,7-9,11-13,22-23; Psalm 102; 1 Corinthians 15:45-49; Luke 6:27-38

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