NO CRYING AT MY FUNERAL

NO CRYING AT MY FUNERAL

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

DEATH PENALTY? Read this

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading 1
1 Sm 26:2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23

"In those days, Saul went down to the desert of Ziph with three thousand picked men of Israel,
'to search for David in the desert of Ziph. So David and Abishai went among Saul’s soldiers by 'night and found Saul lying asleep within the barricade, with his spear thrust into the ground at 'his head and Abner and his men sleeping around him.

'Abishai whispered to David: “God has delivered your enemy into your grasp this day.
'Let me nail him to the ground with one thrust of the spear; I will not need a second thrust!”
'But David said to Abishai, “Do not harm him, for who can lay hands on the LORD’s anointed 'and remain unpunished?”

'So David took the spear and the water jug from their place at Saul’s head, and they got away 'without anyone’s seeing or knowing or awakening. All remained asleep, because the LORD had 'put them into a deep slumber.

'Going across to an opposite slope, David stood on a remote hilltop at a great distance from 'Abner, son of Ner, and the troops. He said: “Here is the king’s spear. Let an attendant come 'over to get it. The LORD will reward each man for his justice and faithfulness. Today, though 'the LORD delivered you into my grasp, I would not harm the LORD’S anointed.”
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Responsorial Psalm

Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10, 12-1

R. (8a) The Lord is kind and merciful.
Bless the LORD, O my soul;
and all my being, bless his holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits.
R. The Lord is kind and merciful.
He pardons all your iniquities,
heals all your ills.
He redeems your life from destruction,
crowns you with kindness and compassion.
R. The Lord is kind and merciful.
Merciful and gracious is the LORD,
slow to anger and abounding in kindness.
Not according to our sins does he deal with us,
nor does he requite us according to our crimes.
R. The Lord is kind and merciful.
As far as the east is from the west,
so far has he put our transgressions from us.
As a father has compassion on his children,
so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him.
R. The Lord is kind and merciful.
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Reading II
1 Cor 15:45-49

Brothers and sisters:
It is written, The first man, Adam, became a living being, the last Adam a life-giving spirit. But the spiritual was not first; rather the natural and then the spiritual. The first man was from the earth, earthly; the second man, from heaven. As was the earthly one, so also are the earthly,
and as is the heavenly one, so also are the heavenly. Just as we have borne the image of the earthly one, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly one.
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Gospel
Lk 6:27-38

Jesus said to his disciples: “To you who hear I say, love your enemies, do good to those who 'hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. To the person who 'strikes you on one cheek, offer the other one as well, and from the person who takes your 'cloak, do not withhold even your tunic. Give to everyone who asks of you, and from the one 'who takes what is yours do not demand it back. 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. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? 'Even sinners do the same. If you lend money to those from whom you expect repayment, 'what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, and get back the same amount.
'But rather, love your enemies and do good to them, and lend expecting nothing back; then 'your reward will be great and you will be children of the Most High, for he himself is kind to 'the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
'Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned.
'Forgive and you will be forgiven. Give, and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed 'together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with 'which you measure will in return be measured out to you.”

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These lines from the Sacred Scripture are going to be read in every Catholic church around the world this Sunday. The great King David, ancestor of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ had his arch enemy "dead to rights". There he was, sleeping, out cold and Abishai, David's "hit man" begs David to "let me nail him to the ground" with one swift, powerful stroke. "I will not need two strokes."

David says, "Do not touch him. Who can lay hands on the Lord's anointed and remain unpunished?"

Brothers and sisters, does that sound like a 21st century American? Does this sound like something that someone would say 2,800 years ago? Doesn't this make you proud to be a son or daughter of the great line of David and Jesus? Doesn't it make Jesus' word through Luke so much more powerful? By the time Jesus was saying these wonderful things, David had died some 800 years before. It had been about 2,800 years since God had pinned Cain down and
said, "Abel's blood cries out to me from the earth."

We are covered from head to foot with the challenge of God's eternal love. Our relationship with God is not only 17, 28, 45, 70 or 85 years old. We are living the life of God through our baptism from all eternity, and for all eternity. Lord, Jesus, keep our minds and our hearts open to your divine life. You truly are the one who keeps the fire of divine Love burning in our hearts.

This is our call. If we answer it and live it faithfully we will have not one single good reason to cry at one another's funeral.
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