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Presenting the newly elected Leadership Team of the SVD worldwide: General Superior- Fr. Paul Budi Kleden (Indonesian); Vice Superior General- Fr. Jose Antunes Da Silva (Portuguese); 1st General Councilor - Bro. Guy Mizola Mido (Congolese); 2nd General Councilor - Fr. Jude Raymund Festin SVD (Filipino); 3rd General Councilor- Fr. Eryk Koppa (Polish); 4th General Councilor- Fr. Anselmo Ricardo Ribeiro (Brazilian); Fr. Xavier Thirukudumbam (Indian).

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A religious missionary community of priests and brothers inspired by the Holy Triune God, proclaiming the reign of God by sharing intercultural life and mission among ourselves and our dialogue partners, following the example of Saints Arnold Janssen and Joseph Freinademetz

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To witness to God’s love, as told in the Scriptures, sending us to transform all creation through self-giving and dialogue

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Sunday Reflections

7th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

February 24, 2019

Luke 6, 27-38

 

“But to you who hear I say, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. To the person who strikes you on one cheek, offer the other one as well, and from the person who takes your cloak, do not withhold even your tunic. Give to everyone who asks of you, and from the one who takes what is yours do not demand it back.

“Do to others as you would have them do to you. For if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do the same. If you lend money to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, and get back the same amount.

“But rather, love your enemies and do good to them, and lend expecting nothing back; then your reward will be great and you will be children of the Most High, for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful just as your Father is merciful.

“Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven. Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured   out to you.”

 

Reflection

 

If we connect the Gospel reading today to the first reading we will see the theme of the liturgy of the Word which is forgiveness. Why should we forgive?

Firstly because unforgiveness brings sickness to our soul and body. Some diseases which unforgiveness brings are indigestion, insomnia, hyperacidity, ulcer, and even dandruff. The soul is also infected with a disease called misery.

Secondly, unforgiveness makes us prisoners. It restricts our freedom. We can mo longer enjoy the freedom of the children of God.

To be free and healthy we need to forgive.

Here are the elements of forgiveness:

1). Effort. To face the hurt that is perceived done, then to ask the question: “Now what?”

2). Consider some good qualities of the enemy.

3). Pray for grace. Forgiveness is being like God who lets the sun shine on the good and bad; his rain falls to the just and unjust.

4). Decision. To forgive, one does not rely on feelings or emotions; rather one chooses to do something. She/he does something which she/he could control. She/he begins to be free.

There is a nice quote I have read about pardoning. Here is a modified version: “Forgiveness will give you the key to unlock the prion that confines your health and sanity.”

 

By Fr. Atilano Corcuera SVD

                                                                                                                     

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