THE SEVENTH SUNDAY IN THE ORDINARY TIME, YEAR C.
24th February 2019.
1 Samuel 26:2, 7-9,12-13,22-23; 1 Corinthians 15:45-49; Luke 6:27-38.
This Sunday’s gospel is a continuation of a sermon form the level ground. Jesus Christ exposes the illusion of judging one another. Human judgment however true and accurate it appears, reveals an illusion that is better avoided. What it reveals is a deep-seated weakness that we ought to be ashamed of. When we judge, we reveal our past experience. Knowledge is acquired through experience. To judge another as stupid presupposes a prior experience of stupidity.
To spare humanity of this embarrassment, Jesus Christ proposes the kingdom of God as a place to be. His kingdom will balance all afflictions. The reciprocal nature of every effort towards the kingdom is comforting. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you. What this means is that humanity is viewed from the point of view of weakness and strength. The kingdom of God advocates a balanced and objective treatment of one according to one’s reality. The solidarity of the kingdom of God is what the church invites us to embrace.
Anthony Ekpunobi, CM.