Love Your Enemies


Should we be merciful to those who hate us?  Jesus tells us the answer in today’s gospel passage.

Do to others as you would have them do to you.
For if you love those who love you,
what credit is that to you?
Even sinners love those who love them.
And if you do good to those who do good to you,
what credit is that to you?
Even sinners do the same.
If you lend money to those from whom you expect repayment,
what credit is that to you?
Even sinners lend to sinners,
and get back the same amount.
But rather, love your enemies and do good to them,
and lend expecting nothing back;
then your reward will be great
and you will be children of the Most High,
for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.
Be merciful, just as also your Father is merciful.

It all sounds so holy … but can we actually do it?

Pray today, my sisters and brothers, that God will give us the strength of heart so that we can love those who are not worthy of it in our human estimation.  Pray especially that God will make us merciful, as He is merciful!

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2 Responses to Love Your Enemies

  1. Ellen says:

    …found it a beautiful coincidence that this reading occurs on September 11.

  2. Will says:

    I really struggle with this teaching. It sure is hard to love militant muslims killing innocents. But we must….

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