Who is one person you consider to be an enemy? Hate for hate’s sake only intensifies the existence of evil in the world.


 

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Today’s readings give us a challenge.

Is our love for God and neighbor genuine? Or is it halfhearted and extended when it’s convenient for us?

Jesus Himself, in today’s gospel, advises us to love not only our friends, but our enemies as well. That’s a pretty tall order. Are we ready to step up to the challenge?

Love your enemies! Over the centuries, many people have argued that this is an extremely difficult . Many would go so far as to say that it just isn’t possible to move into the actual practice of this glorious command. But far from being an impractical idealist, Jesus was the practical realist.  And now the words of this text glitter in our eyes with a new urgency. This command is an absolute necessity for the survival of our civilization. Yes, it is love that will save our world and our civilization, love even for our enemies!

It’s also necessary that we go into the question of why we should love our enemies: because hate for hate’s sake only intensifies the existence of evil in the world. Somewhere, somebody must have a little sense and that’s the strong person. The strong person is that who can cut off the chain of hate, the chain of evil. The tragedy of hate is that it intensifies the existence of evil in the universe. We simply must have enough faith to cut it off and inject, within the very structure of the universe, the strong and powerful element of love for our enemies.

Think for a minute.

Who is one person you consider to be an enemy? It may be someone you know personally, or perhaps you know of this person only through news accounts. Jesus is asking for your Christian love and concern for this person, and for your prayers as well.

You can start right now, to pray for this person:

O Lord, help me to love my enemies, especially ______________, I lift up not only my family and loved ones and friends, but also _______________. May Your blessings come upon ______________, and may You enlarge my heart to encompass __________, just as Your heart does! For You died not only for me and for my loved ones, You died for _________ as well. May You bless ___________ and bring him/her to eternal life with You in Heaven! Amen.

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