On Today’s Gospel

Posted: June 18, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

love your enemies

Is it not easier to hate? To despise? To be enraged with? To lash out!? To be bitter? Why do such feelings, emotions, actions come so readily and easily? Why do we choose these over love? If all things good come from God then where does the source of evil come? Is it not a separation from all that is Good? Is it not a separation from God? The absence of God?

God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (Jn 3:17) Hence does this not mean that His love, His righteousness and Grace needed for reconciliation is open to each and everyone of us? His outstretched arms waiting to embrace all sinners who would come back to Him, just and unjust? God’s gifts and graces may fall on us all but only those whose hearts are open to receive them can and shall receive them. Does this not mean then, that we should be praying for one another especially those of us steeped in sin? So that we may receive the graces necessary for salvation? To receive Christ into our lives?

We are called today to love with the love of Christ our saviour? To reach out to what good, no matter how little there may be left in our enemies or those who persecute; so that they too might be saved. Therefore we pray for them in love. To be perfected in such love is to love inspite of…., to love despite of…., a radical love that rejoices at the return of the prodigal son, a radical love that would leave the ninety nine behind in search of the one lost one, a radical love that forgave us all from the cross!

Therefore till evil is given free reign by those who choose evil, to consume them wholly and where prayers for them would come to naught. Until such time we should remain hopeful and love nonetheless.

May the love of Christ reign in our hearts always. Amen

GOSPEL Matthew 5:43–48

Jesus said to his disciples:“You have heard that it was said,You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brothers only, what is unusual about that? Do not the pagans do the same? So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

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