14 June 2016
Tuesday, 11th Week in Ordinary Time
1 Kgs 21:17 – 29 / Mt 5: 43 – 48
From the Gospel Reading: Mt 5:43 – 48
Jesus said, "you have heard that it was said: Love your neighbor and do not do good to your enemy. But this I tell 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 both the wicked and the good, and he gives rain to both the just and the unjust.
"If you love those who love you, what is special about that? Do not even tax collectors do as much? And if you are friendly only to your friends, what is so exceptional about that? Do not even the pagans do as much? For your part you shall be righteous and perfect in the way your heavenly Father is righteous and perfect."
What does Jesus mean by "love your enemies"?
Love has many meanings. One of these is the Greek word "agape" with an accompanying verb "agapan" which indicates "unconquerable benevolence and invincible goodwill." (Barclay's Commentary) To love our enemies with agape means that no matter what the person does to us, no matter if one insults or persecutes us, we shall regard him/her with that unconquerable benevolence and goodwill always trying to see what would be the highest good for him/her. The kind of love for our enemies will not only be something of the heart but is also something of the will. Moreover, this kind of love is possible only with God's grace and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Through Jesus' example, we have learned to forgive as He forgives, to love as God loves.
I remember an incident in my life when a colleague misunderstood me and I had no way to speak with her. We tried to avoid each other but after a while I felt that I had to settle issues with her. I prayed for her and sent her blessings and positive vibes before I finally faced her. It ended with so much mercy, gentleness and peace. We have both retired but our friendship has remained intact.
How have we responded to Jesus' commandment of love? Let us pray that all the bitterness in our hearts and in this world be changed into springs of life and love. Let us bless one another and make saints of each other. "For your part you shall be righteous and perfect in the way your heavenly Father is righteous and perfect." (Mt 5: 48)
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
Julius B. Jalandoni
Luis & Josie Ong
IN MEMORIAM (+)
Antonio SJ Cabrera
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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