Gospel Reflection — Matthew 5:43-48
“Love your enemies”… This Gospel reading is so blunt that I feel like all I need to do is just repeat it. Hear those words of Jesus, “love your enemies”, how much clearer could He be? But this is something we need to hear again and again, and actually pause to process it, reflect upon it, and consider how we’re stacking up to this standard of mercy. How many times have I grumbled about someone else’s behaviour? How often do I find myself frustrated with the way someone else does things, that is different from my own, or have been slighted, mistreated, or spoken down to? There are always people in our lives who, whether because our own failings or theirs, or through miscommunication, we decide to write off and maybe even complain to our friends and say, “I can’t believe what so and so did” or “the nerve of that guy!” I think we can forget about these “little enemies” and not remember what Jesus calls us to do: “love your enemies”. He also adds, “pray for those who persecute you”. Now is a good time to look back on our lives, and name the people who have done anything from annoy to outright hurt or abuse us. And rather than demanding retribution and imagined victories in our heads, (“oh, how I would love to say such and such to that guy,then he’d really feel bad”), we should pray for those people, and truly ask God to help them to discover God’s love or to be further renewed in it.
Pray for your enemies… Jesus said that we are to be perfect, as our heavenly Father is perfect, and God is a God of mercy. Therefore, true perfection, the highest road, is one of mercy, not of disdain, vengeance, or dismissal. God gives life and the beauty of His gifts and grace to all people, even those who seek to destroy it. And for those of us who truly understand how hurtful we’ve been in the times that we have betrayed God and spurned His love, aren’t you glad that God is merciful and loves those who do evil? Let us imitate him therefore, and show mercy to those who do not deserve it, and pray for them that one day they too may imitate God’s mercy and love.
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