Believe that a friend and relative hate you, and a report from the British Reporter has found that acknowledging you are Christian in Iran will result in imprisonment. I am beginning to think that the word “hate” should be considered a dirty word. We use it frequently in our daily lives without thinking about its core meaning. The words “hate” or “hatred” denote betrayal, persecution, both physical and mental, revenge and loathing, all opposites to love, which is our call as Catholic Christians.
Our gospel passage speaks to the cost of being a follower of Jesus. Proclaiming to others that Jesus Christ is our Savoir and loving as Jesus does, is not easy. Loving the friend who gossips about you and welcoming the family member who gets under your skin is being Christ-like. Blessed and graced are we who celebrate religious freedom. The words of Jesus in the gospel are clear: you will be hated by all because of my name. The Rule of Life for the Congregation #38 states: Our celebration of the Eucharist, sign of the Covenant between God and the human race, remains, in a sense, incomplete as long as we who are baptized are divided by hate or separated from one another.
The Eucharist we eat fills us with the love of Jesus and guides us to promote unity in our parishes, homes, and workplace and to be in solidarity with all who work to unify the world. The first reading from Revelation is an assurance of the reward received if we live and love like Jesus. On the sea of glass were standing those who had won victory over the beast.
What action will you take today to eradicate hate in the world?
Great and wonderful are all your works, Lord, might God! (Revelation 15:3b)
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