Saturday, March 7, 2009

Today's Gospel reading March 7

Mt 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 and sisters only, what is unusual about that? Do not the pagans do the same? So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect."

In today's Gospel we see that Jesus tells us to love our enemy's. It is very interesting that Jesus would tell us to do such a thing. Many of us would probably think that this is impossible. But is it really?

We can see that Christ loved His enemy's all throughout His life. He had dinner with them, He was crucified by them (yet still prayed for them and forgave them). Not once, did He hate them.

Now many people will say that He was God so He was unable to hate anyone. Ok, but then, why would He tell us to love our enemy's? Would He tell us to do something that we know is impossible?

Throughout this season of Lent, this is one area that I know many of us can work on. We should pray for our enemy's and show love to them. It is our job to share Christ's love with the rest of the world and we can't do that if we are hating the rest of the world.

God sent His Son for ALL!!! And it is up to us to relay the message to them. Yes, that even means the person whom we don't like.

But always start by praying for that person, and also for God to change your heart toward that person.

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