Posted by: livingscripture | June 16, 2015

Eleventh Tuesday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”      (Mathew 5: 44)

How should we live this WordimagesCAKZ3W95

 To love our enemies is the most scandalous request of the Gospel according to many people.  To support, tolerate our enemies are actions that are within reasonable limits.  We can do this.  But loving them is another story!  It goes too far beyond!  It calls for a new energy that is only born through God dwelling in us and must be called upon in order to live a love that is not made of feelings but of intelligence, reason, and understanding.

We know from the Gospels how Jesus loved His enemies.  But for you and me, it will take a lot to change our perspective and force us to look at the other differently.  Today we witness true persecutions that are cruel, humiliating, and seem to be born for religious reasons and that are aimed at the total elimination of Christianity.  But the real root of this oppressive hatred is the same as that of our little daily oppositions that make our neighbors, relatives, colleagues unsupportable.

Loving our enemies and praying for those who persecute us does not mean accepting every injustice and form of disrespect as something positive.  Rather it means separating the injustice and disrespect from the persons committing them and cultivating mercy for the person while at the same time condemning and denouncing the evil actions.  Loving is the only way to become fully mature human beings.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask Jesus to give me His own heart to love with so that I may truly love everyone, even those who do me harm.

Lord, love and prayer are Your gifts.  Never tire of giving them to me.  Help me to love and pray as You have taught us.

 The Voice of Pope Francis

The mandate to love our enemies seems impossible, foolish.  It scares us, but Jesus is asking this of us.  He asks us to renounce the ‘wisdom of the world’.  It becomes possible, not with our strength, but with His Grace.

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