Originally delivered on September 5, 1993
Readings: Ezekial 33: 7-9; Romans 13: 8-10; Matthew 18: 15-20
In today’s readings, we first hear Ezekial telling us that we must speak the truth. Paul then tells us that we must love our neighbor as we love ourself. Indeed, it must be our life’s work. Finally, in the Gospel, Jesus tells us to talk to the person. Sometimes we need others to help us, even the whole Church, if necessary, but understand that sometimes nothing will work, but still love them. We must know and believe that when we’ve done our best, we can leave it in God’s hands. There are dramatic examples of people following these words and being prophets in our time. We too are called to be prophets.
Originally delivered on February 18, 1990
Readings: Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18; Corinthians 3:16-23; Matthew 5:38-48
In the Sermon on the Mount, we are told that we must love our enemies and pray for our persecutors because we are to love just as our Heavenly Father loves us. Although we may not be able to match God’s love in the same measure, we are nonetheless called to love in the same manner as Him. This week in 1990, when the homily was originally delivered, marked the release of a prophet in our time, Nelson Mandela, from prison after 27 years. His love and lack of animosity are a modern day reflection of the love that Jesus manifests for us and in today’s Gospel calls us to imitate.