7th Sunday of Epiphany

First Reading: Genesis 45:3-15

Psalm Reading: Psalm 37

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:42b-49

Gospel Reading: Luke 6:27-38

Homily by +Bp. Raymundo Abogatal

What makes a Christian different from other religions?

Loving one another.

God teaches us to treat other people, the just and unjust embracing the sins and sinners alike.

Matthew 5:45 states what God wants from us which is to seek the highest and greatest good from others, even those who are unjust. Our love in others must be like Christ and be marked with the same kindness and mercy which God has shown to us.

Giving, forgiving, and loving one another is the core of today’s gospel. Give without expecting anything in return, forgive those who hate you, and how do we treat our enemies? We should love them, do good to them, and pray for them. Only God can satisfy our soul. If we have Jesus in our hearts, we have peace, and He makes the difference in our lives.

We should not feel vindicated by our enemies but we should be more like God in our character, for it lasts until eternity. Luke 6:37-38 reminds us also that what we sow, is what we reap. The same principle applies when we give ourselves in ministry. The works of God should not be sacrificed over our own activities and schedules for the heart of God is the mission. Let us not be afraid to share the word of God and serve Him especially those who really are in need, the sick, the poor, the unjust. For we serve a faithful God!

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