Sunday, February 20, 2022
The readings for the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time for Year C lead us to think about mercy and justice. In the first reading (1 Samuel 26:2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23) David has the opportunity to kill Saul, but he does not do it. The psalm (Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10, 12-1) declares “The Lord is kind and merciful.” In the second reading (1 Corinthians 15:45-49) Paul tells us we shall bear the image of Christ. In the gospel (Luke 6:27-38) Jesus tells us we must love our enemies, forgive each other, and stop judging.
This is a good time to think about the way we think and act toward each other. Are we merciful as God is merciful to us? Here are some ideas: