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Thursday 23rd in Ordinary Time

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Gospel text (Lk 6,27-38): Jesus said to his disciples, «(…) Do to others as you would have others do to you. If you love only those who love you, what kind of graciousness is yours? Even sinners love those who love them (…). Love your enemies (…) and you will be sons and daughters of the Most High. For He is kind towards the ungrateful and the wicked (…).

Sin is the rupture of the love relationship

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Benedict XVI) (Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today, we discover that in Jesus Christ’s "mandate" the "relationships" of man with others —essential!— are very important. The Trinitarian Persons —Father, Son and Holy Spirit— are Relations of endowment (to an infinite degree): Paternity, Filiation and Love. Man —created in the image of God Trinity— is also an essentially “relational being,” he is a "being for", who accomplishes his real life only as a "relationship".

Alone, I am nothing; only in the "you" and "for you" I am "my-self". A true man means: being in the relationship of love, of the "for" and of the "to", for the others. And Sin means hindering, interrupting or destroying this relationship. This is why this phenomenon called "sin" also affects others and everything. Sin is always an offense disturbing the world (it is not a phenomenon that only and solely affects me).

—O Jesus, how difficult it is to think and to live thinking about the others! Allow me to always "be for" You and "for my brothers".

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