The Christian Way of Living

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The Christian way of living is so amazing and rewarding because of its other centeredness. It is a path to love. It does not propose any compromise on love. Love is the basic and ultimate criterion to live this way. Today’s gospel passage enlightens us in this regard. The Old Testament allowed them to take revenge towards one’s own neighbour. However, the New Testament proposes unconditional forgiveness towards one’s fellow brethren. Extending the other cheek indicates the readiness to forgive; Providing one’s own tunic is an expression of the selfless towards the other and walking an extra mile is one’s readiness to be  present in the life of the other especially, in his/her moments of joy as well as sorrow. We may be thinking that it is an ideal path which is difficult to put into practice. It seems to be impossible but in today’s first reading, St. Paul, in his letter to the Corinthians, from his experience of living this path of love, he proclaims: “…as dying and behold we live; as chastised and yet not put to death; as sorrowful yet always rejoicing; as poor yet enriching many; as having nothing yet possessing all things.” Let us take our fellow brethren seriously and let us serve the Lord in holy joy by encountering Him in the other.

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