“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, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.
For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Jesus reminds us in the Gospel that we must love all people, good and bad. For him, this is a simple extension of the Commandments and something we should have no problem doing if we are truly living out the Commandments. We must always act perfectly in the same way that God is perfect and we are seeking to become one with him. Though sometimes it can be hard to love one of your enemies and pray for people who hurt you, God is telling us to love everyone in the same way.
When we do hate our enemies, What are we getting out of that? A person who hates, is someone who is suffering and does more damage on themselves. In the Gospel, the last line when Jesus says, “So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Jesus is calling us to imitate him and extending our love to all people and bring peace to the world. Our school’s theme, this year is Human Dignity. To have Human Dignity, you have to love all your enemies.
– Jacob Reznikov ’19 is a member of the Sophomore Pastoral Team at St. Louis U. High.
Please help us during this Lenten Season to keep our Lenten Promises and love all people, even if they can make us angry at times. Help us to always know you are with us.
Please share the Good Word with your friends!