Father Labib Kobti

Sunday and Holy Day Reflections

You have a mission: Love
Matthew 18:15-20
September 8, 2002

“…If your brother sins  against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone ..” Are you doing that? How many times did you do that?
Jesus is not asking you to judge him, but to talk to him with love and  between you two and alone. He have said; “Stop judging, that you may not be judged For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you. Mt. 7: 1-2
Listen again. Jesus did not ask you to show “your righteous deeds in order that people may see them” Mt. 6:1-2. He is asking you “do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing” Mt. 6: 3. Yes, tell him his fault between you and him and do not let anybody know about it. Your mission is to love and not to judge. Your mission is to forgive and forget. Because, as says saint Paul, “Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, it is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude …”1 Cor. 13: 4-8
Jesus wants us to soften our hearts, to open them to the challenges of others and their needs. We cannot help others if we look only on our own interest and seek our own peace and prosperity. We are called to love and not only to be loved.
Your brother and sister should be the center of your living mission on earth. As much as you live in peace and harmony with others that same measure shows if you are a good person. Many non-Christians are doing it better than we do. But if you are able to forgive, forget and help your brother always and never see in him, even if he fails again to be a good person, a bad person and love him always and any way. And if you work to change your heart so as to accept the others with great love even if he fails seventy times seven times, then you will show what a Christian really is.
The love of a Christian saint Paul would say never fails. 1 Cor.13:8. Because we are called by our Lord to love always, and only to love.
A person who lives of love is a god on earth.

Father Labib Kobti



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