First Week of Lent

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Matthew 5:43-48

Friends, in today’s Gospel Jesus commands us to love our enemies.

The first reason we love our enemies is because this is the best way to test the quality of our love. Love is not primarily an emotion, but an act of the will. It is willing the good of the other as other.

A second reason to love your enemies is that they tell you about yourself. There is a very good chance that the people who most bother you are those who most reveal to you unsavory truths about yourself.

Third, perhaps the person you consider your enemy is actually pointing out to you the inadequacy of your own life. Maybe he is right and good, and it’s you who are off-center. Could it be that your enemy is in fact a kind of saint who is indirectly indicating your own weakness and lack of moral courage?

A final reason to love your enemies: you might win them back.

Reflect: Name an enemy or someone you intensely dislike. What is it about them that bothers you? How do these feelings shed light on your own weaknesses?

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