Saturday 11 March 2017
Sat 11th. St Oengus. Dt 26:16-19. Mt 5:43-48.
In this special Lenten series – Darkness to light: An intimate journey with Jesus – our guest writer looks to the Gospel stories for answers to the questions that many of us ask when faced with difficult times.
‘Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you; in this way you will be sons of your Father in heaven.’
My main enemy is the voice inside me, a nagging voice overdubbed with doubt, ego, fear and avoidance. I wonder if, after I manage to befriend this voice, I might be able to love all my other enemies. Or is this another of my self-centred preoccupations? Just do it, I think, as Jesus did. I will go to my enemies in their bastion of power and give myself to them. They will exploit me, use me, treat me like a number, persecute me, harm me, torture me, kill me. But can I see their needs? Their suffering? Can I see we are all children of the same loving creator. They are me. I am them. Why can’t we be brothers and sisters? I feel a glimmer of love for them. I feel a trace of God’s grace again, even though I am still afraid. Lord, stay by me.