Aka Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, where we have in Luke’s Gospel, Jesus talking:
“To you I say,
love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,
bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
Another hard saying from the Lord and Master. We groan at it. He sees the reluctance and asks, “Will you also go away?”
To which our bewildered, self-serving, self-correcting, “Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life.”
That so? Not so sure, we add, “I believe, Lord, help thou my unbelief.” The best we can do at the moment.
He seizes the moment: “Thy faith hath saved thee. Go thou and sin no more.”
The whole package. We walk away like the base-runner who just stole second, index finger pointing up.