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Thursday, September 11, 2003


The Passionist mass from Scranton that I watch everyday – either televised or online – chose to celebrate a votive mass for the Holy Cross on today's anniversary. I don't disagree – although it plays into the Crusader accusation of our historically-aware but present-challenged enemies. Ann Coulter to the contrary, we don't want to convert the Arabs: we just want them to stop killing us. If they could also stop slaughtering Jews that would be a plus. If that qualifies as a conversion or apostasy, then (some forms of) Islam really do need to be wiped from the face of the earth. All in all, a nice choice: red vestments to commemorate the blood, but not explicitly claiming the 3000 as martyrs, and more universalizing than a mass for a National Day or In Time of War.

But the votive mass readings replaced this gospel for the season (the 23rd Ordinary Thursday):
But I say to you that hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. To him who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from him who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. Give to every one who begs from you; and of him who takes away your goods do not ask them again. And as you wish that men would do to you, do so to them.
If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For 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? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the selfish. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.
Too soon for these very hard words, I think. First, disarm your enemies, and then you can do the hard work of trying to love those who hate you. Even heaping burning coals on their head will have to wait for that.

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