“Do to others as you would have them do to you. For if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them….Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” Lk. 6:31-33, 36.
I read sometime ago a phrase that I will never forget and it is: “the most important place to enter into a dialogue with God is in a human being”. Remember that all human beings have been created in the image and likeness of God and He reveals himself to Israel as one who has a love stronger than a father or a mother: “Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb? Even should she forget, I will never forget you”. Isa. 49:15. Because God is love. He is the God that “gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life”. Jn. 3:16. “He became a man and was crucified until death on the cross for you and for me”. (Catec. #206-213).
That is why the best place to find the Lord is in one another – in our neighbor. Although sometimes it is difficult for us to do this in a world that one sometimes lives closed up in oneself.
However all children of God feel the need to be loved, valued, cherished, respected and listened to. That is the call of the love of God. We need others but we also want to feel self-sufficient so we sometimes maintain superficial relationships that do not compromise us and mark distances between others and us. But let’s remember that the human being that lets himself be touched by the love of God dares to come out of himself and worry about others feeling capable of suffering for another that is not himself even if that person “strikes you on the cheek or takes your cloak…..”.
We are called to be part of God’s plan, as the First Reading tells us in a letter to the Corinthians: “When we become the Celestial man and woman who allow ourselves to be vivified by the Holy Spirit”.
Let us ask the Lord in the Eucharist to discover His image, lovingly Holy, perfect and merciful, and make it present in our relationships with other men and women – even those who reject us. Amen.