23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Am I my brother’s keeper? (Genesis 4:9)
This reply of Cain has echoed back throughout time to God’s question, “Where is your brother?” By saying, “I don’t know,” Cain, denied what he had done and refused responsibility for his brother’s well-being. This calloused lack of love and concern on Cain’s part led to the hatred and death of his brother.
Every family has to deal with the problem of sin and evil that attacks the unity needed to bond the family in love and forgiveness. The prophet Ezekiel holds the judgment of death for failure to advise against the harm done by a family member. Human history reflects this core attitude of a lack of concern for the care and well-being of others.
Sin is a bondage upon the entire family or community, one that results in death. Far too often, this brings about the disintegration of the family bond. Saint Paul clearly expresses the attitude we are to have toward others: “In lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests but also for the interests of others” (Philippians 2:3-4).
This concern toward other people is the result of a life driven by love as expressed to the Romans; “Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another, for the one who loves has fulfilled the law.… Love does no evil” (Romans 3:8).
Let us Pray:
Come, let us bow down in worship; let us kneel before the LORD who made us. For he is our God, and we are the people he shepherds, the flock he guides.
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