Apr 3, 2020

Humility can be confusing,” young Jerry said. “I like to follow my prophet, Jeremiah, but I don’t always understand him. Here he seems to be calling for revenge because he is being persecuted for being right.  It even calls God a warrior who will definitely win.  I like that, but you folks never let me have revenge when Joe steals my things.  Why is that?”  Mom felt obliged to help.  “There are definitely stories in the Old Testament about God and revenge as we have heard, but later on Jesus said, “You have heard it said, an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, but I say to you, ‘love your enemies.’“  So he is showing us a new way of looking at life, one that we should try to copy, don’t you think?” “Especially at challenging times like now, we need to strive for unity through humility.”

O Lord of hosts, who tests the righteous who sees the heart and the mind let me see your vengeance upon them, for to you have I committed my cause. Sing to the Lord, praise the Lord. For he has delivered the life of the needy from the hand of evildoers.” From Jer 20:10-13. 

Pope Francis: Jesus is bent on revealing the great gift of the Father’s mercy that searches out sinners and offers them pardon and salvation.  One can see why on the basis of such a liberating vision of mercy Jesus was rejected by the Pharisees. FM 20

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