Tuesday 20 June 2017

About Today Readings

2 Corinthians 8:1-9. Psalms 145(146):2, 5-9. Matthew 5:43-48.

Praise the Lord, my soul! — Psalms 145(146):2, 5-9.

I say this to you: ‘Love your enemies.’

Christians can’t lay claim to being exceptional in following this injunction of Jesus. When was the last time we uttered a prayer, rather than a curse, for those who persecute us? This is meant to be one of the great defining features of Christians, yet many of us find it a difficult thing to do. It takes great emotional and spiritual maturity to let go of personal hurts and grievances.

However, we need to move on from the self-indulgence of dwelling upon our injuries and wounds. Perhaps those in other parts of the world who suffer persecution and the genuine fear of harm can be a shining example to us. If they can love their enemies in the midst of terrible conflict, there may be hope for us to face our damaged relationships with greater maturity and spiritual resilience.

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