Life on the Chrism Trail

Homily for the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

February 20, 2022
Holy Family of Nazareth Catholic Church
Vernon, Texas

1 Samuel 26:2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23
Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10, 12-13
1 Corinthians 15:45-49
Luke 6:27-38

David refuses to be guided by the worldly or human understanding of “enemy” but instead sees Saul as God’s anointed. The presence of God is real in the world which He created and in which we live. David recognizes God’s presence in daily matters. Jesus underscores David’s perception by declaring not exactly that there are no enemies but that the category of enemy does not merit a different response than the response we offer to those whom we love. Pope Saint John XXIII was quoted as frequently stating, “There are enemies of the Church, but the Church has no enemies.”

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