WORD of the DAY
But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you. (Matthew 5: 44)
Jesus affirms that evil and hatred can be won over only by opposing them with love and prayer. Thus the ancient law of vengeance, an eye for an eye; a tooth for a tooth, is overcome. This is the only way of eliminating evil at its source because evil cannot be conquered by another evil, but only by the good.
Only love renews the heart, gives us eyes full of compassion and understanding for the mistakes of others. It makes us bend over the needs of others full of mercy, even if they have done us harm.
Jesus is for us, women and men, the model to imitate and to follow. From the Cross He forgives His crucifiers because they ‘do not know what they are doing’ (Cf. Luke 23: 24).
Even though it is difficult, forgiveness and prayer for our persecutors characterizes our Christian life and lightens our journey toward God.
Lord, give me the strength to forgive offenses and the intelligence to understand Your Gospel of mercy.
The voice of Mother Teresa of Calcutta
If you really want to love, you must learn how to forgive.