Jesus said to the disciples, "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.' But I say to 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 the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect."
Some thoughts on today's scriptureActiveDefault
- Jesus’ teaching about the Kingdom of God continues today, and becomes more challenging. We are to love our enemies - more than that, we are to be perfect, like our heavenly Father. This Gospel passage tells us something very important about God. God treats everyone the same way, whether they are friends or enemies. God loves them all. God does not retaliate or punish.
- I reflect on this. Does this image of God surprise me? Has my image of God been one of a punishing God? I ask Jesus to open my mind to the truth of who my Heavenly Father is, so that I may be like him.