The Church of Saint Agnes

1680 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright, KY 41011

The Church of Saint Agnes
1680 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright, KY 41011

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Memorial of Saint Jerome

Date: 
Tue, 09/30/2014
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

The conflicts in our world cry out for resolution…

the conflicts between nations, between Christians and Muslims,

between husband and wife, between parent and child.

Both personal and institutional efforts are needed

to solve the problems.

 

Jesus rebukes the human response of retaliation.

Retaliation perpetuates the chain of violence.

 

settling the score

giving another person a taste of their own medicine…

these are contrary to the Christian way of life.

 

gossip is retaliation

slander is retaliation

character assassination is retaliation

returning rejection for rejection is retaliation

returning insult for insult is retaliation

returning harassment for harassment is retaliation

returning humiliation for humiliation is retaliation

any time we strike back….we are guilty of retaliation

using words as weapons….

using religious conviction to get even…

are forms of retaliation.

 

Retaliation is foreign to the mind of Christ.

 

As long as there is retaliation, there can be no peace.

If we do not know the peace of Christ in our lives….

we may want to examine our daily living…

stop choosing retaliation as a response.

For peace and retaliation cannot coexist.

 

It is possible to do the will of God….w/o the use of retaliation.

It is possible to bring the peace of God….w/o the use of retaliation.

 

Jesus was resolved to do the will of God….to reconcile not to destroy.

May his determination become our own.