Yet the solution exists: "Love your enemies is the only way because it does not remain on the ground even one enemy"

Homiletics of the Fathers of The Island of Patmos

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YET THERE IS THE SOLUTION: "LOVE THE ENEMIES IS THE ONLY WAY WHY IS LEFT ON EARTH EVEN AN ENEMY"

The mentality of the law of retaliation must be overcome, not because it is wrong distributive justice, which is the value that the same law wants to teach: For if I make a wrong, is right recast. But love for the enemy and pray for those who offend us, It harms us and considers us enemies is a great commandment that goes beyond the law. the current one, which it is increasingly a culture without God, this message does not know how to receive it, as we have seen talking about the films of Tarantino.

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Author:
Gabriele Giordano M. Scardocci, o.p.

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Dear brothers and sisters,

the film series Quentin Tarantino

who has seen the films of Quentin Tarantino: Kill Bill vol. 1 – 2, remember that the heroine Beatrix Kiddo, known as the Bride, flies between Japan and the US, with a single purpose: avenge their relatives killed in the day of his wedding. Beatrix wants to kill Bill, the instigator of the murders that have involved. The film is a collection of frames that tell a gratuitous violence, therefore a cold chronicle of a Revenge.

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This terrible message escapes from optics evangelical. The message of Jesus, in this seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time [cf.. Liturgy of the Word, WHO] It is diametrically opposed. It is an invitation to a great love, born from the desire for holiness, to be in full friendship with God. Of holiness there first talks Leviticus, where God tells the Israelites:

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"Be holy, why me, the Lord, your God, am holy. Coverai not hate in your heart against your brother ' [Lv 19,2].

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This should be holy for the Israelites thus indicating a belonging to God. They were the chosen people, It is chosen so that first received the Decalogue, then propagated to the testimony of the presence of YHWY all over the world. For this, God makes them partakers of the holiness of being detached from other things in the world, in particular from feeling hatred, which easily generates in man with anger.

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This call to holiness also for us: therefore a reminder not harbor hatred, But love of God. Greater Love, universal and that involves not only ourselves but those we meet. Therefore we are holy, not of the world but in the world, ready to let the world in holiness of God. This is our vocation, as St Paul tells us:

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«Paolo, Apollo, Cefa, the world, the life, the death, the present, the future: all are yours;! But you are Christ's and Christ is God " [The Cor 3, 21-23].

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The invitation of Paul to the Corinthians It is not to focus their attention to all these things. Because all these things, Paul's friends, Apollo, Cefa, all things in the world as life and death, knowledge of current and future events have already offered to believers in Christ. Owning the world means to fill the believer of Christ's message and give it a new sense: So to shine as a carrier and witness of a message that exceeds, but at the same time it shows the specialty and uniqueness in front of everyone. La santità personale è allora la sorgente della testimonianza e della carità nella verità per il mondo bisognoso di Dio.

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But holiness has a stronger effect, more evident, and that in a sense shocked the world itself. It is the central teaching of the Gospel today:

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"You have heard that it was said: "You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy". But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven " [Mt 5, 43-44].

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The mentality of the law of retaliation must be overcome, not because it is wrong distributive justice, which is the value that the same law wants to teach: For if I make a wrong, is right recast. But love for the enemy and pray for those who offend us, It harms us and considers us enemies is a great commandment that goes beyond the law. the current one, which it is increasingly a culture without God, this message does not know how to receive it, as we have seen talking about the films of Tarantino. This love for the enemy springs from a special holiness that is given by the Eternal Father to all of us. The first to have it displayed was the same Jesus: In fact, on the cross has continued to love, forgive and pray for his tormentors. What is Jesus' commandment par excellence, and with his help we can all come to this. For as scriveva essayist Giovanni Papini: "Love your enemies is the only way because it does not remain on the ground even one enemy".

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We ask the Lord dare, perseverance and tenacity to love those who hate us piously, to create a realm of faith and peace, where the Trinitarian love is day by day the light beam that illuminates the darkness of the world that hates.

Amen.

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