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Monday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

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Gospel text (Mt 10:34—11:1): Jesus said to his Apostles: “Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. I have come to bring not peace but the sword." Jesus said to his Apostles: “Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. I have come to bring not peace but the sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one’s enemies will be those of his household.

“Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

“Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. Whoever receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever receives a righteous man because he is righteous will receive a righteous man’s reward. And whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these little ones to drink because he is a disciple– amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward.” When Jesus finished giving these commands to his Twelve disciples, he went away from that place to teach and to preach in their towns.

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today we hear several teachings from Jesus. They all have one aspect in common: the Lord is asking for a radical response. Is God exaggerating? Of course not! Jesus Christ is not a madman who ends up by dying on a cross because He is exaggerating. Love is never exaggerated and, on the other hand, it is always radical. Love does not leave anyone "indifferent".

"Do you think it's possible to love without being "disheveled"? A sword against my comfort; peace for others! Then, why are you surprised to see Christ on the Cross?