Thursday Twenty Third Week of Ordinary Time
I Corinthians 8:1-7, 11-13
St. John Chrysostom
Our readings today go together like peanut butter and jelly, like Oreo cookies and milk, an anything wrapped in bacon. It would be good to spend more time today meditating upon our readings.
In our first reading St. Paul is letting us know that we are responsible for the welfare and the good of those entrusted to our care. Husband and wives, you are responsible for not only your salvation but your spouse’s salvation.
In our Gospel, Jesus begins by saying, “To you who hear I say.” Since all of us can hear, then we need to listen to what Jesus has to say. He goes on to say, “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse us, and turn your other cheek to those who strike us.” Jesus brings it all home by saying, “Even sinners are good for other sinners.”
How are we to do this? We are always to be discerning the will of God in our lives. Where is God leading us? How is God caring for us? Living in Christ means redefining how we live and how we view the world. We do not live for ourselves, but for others. Jesus did not die on the cross because he wanted to have a good time; he died on the cross to take all of our sufferings. We live this way by knowing and trusting in God’s grace and that God is in control. We do this by praying by name those who do not like us. We do this by receiving the Eucharist as often as we are able. May we live in the manner that God is calling us.