Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, February 19, 2017.
Our works reveal our identity. And when we do the works of God, his identity becomes ours.
We can possess the identity of God:
– By loving our enemies.
– By praying for those who persecute us (Matthew 5:44).
– By giving to those who ask.
– By giving, even beyond the limits of the requests. “If anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic, hand him your cloak as well. Should anyone press you into service for one mile, go with him for two miles” (Matthew 5:40-41).
The fact that a person’s works reveal the identity of another, demonstrates that the two are one.
We identify ourselves with God by treating every person as equal, “the bad and the good… the just and the unjust” (Matthew 5:45). For all of us are children of the same Father, all of us are given the grace of sharing in the identity of God. Our failure to live in such a manner produces an absence of God in us. No one can turn the other cheek or love his enemies unless God lives in him.
It is because of the harm man causes others or because of his indifference toward another’s suffering that he relinquishes his identity with God. However, God invites man to retake his identity.
Once we appropriate for ourselves the identity of God, we assume the responsibility (and privilege) of revealing our identity to all our fellow humans, who, in turn, will be able to see God in us.
Once we all identify ourselves with God, we will attain the fullness of our identity and will become “perfect, just as [our] heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48).
(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)