THEME: GIVE LOVE IN PLACE OF HATE
Love and nonviolence have to be the ‘soul power’ of Christian disciples. Jesus, therefore asks us not to hate our enemies and not take revenge on anyone.
“Should anyone press you into service for one mile, go with him or her two miles” (Mt.5:41)
“You shall not bear hatred for your brother or sister” (Lev.19:18)
“Offer no resistance to injury but love your enemy” (Mt.5:39)
We hurt ourselves by hating others. Hating people is like burning down your own house to get rid of a rat.
We hurt ourselves by contemplating on revenge because, by doing so, we keep our wounds green which otherwise could heal.
Can blood be washed with blood and can injury repair injury?
Of course, it is human to strive to get even with an enemy, but it is Christian to forgive, for we are all children of God. Thus, the saying “to err is human and to forgive is divine”.
In his letter to the Romans (Rom.12:21). Paul says, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good”. What Jesus demands involves deliberation and thought. It operates neither on the logic of instinct nor on the logic of reason. It operates on the logic of grace.
To repair love to hate, or good to evil, is not the least a sign of passivity or weakness or lack of self-assertiveness. It is Love as a creative force.
Jesus wants this new maxim to be translated into practice in our families, homes, church, offices, communities, towns, society, among brothers, sisters, neighbours and colleagues.