I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

My Reflection for Tuesday June 17, Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time; Matthew 5:43-48

Gospel: Matthew 5:43-48      
(Jesus said to his disciples) 43 "You have heard that it was said, `You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you salute only your brethren, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
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One of the most difficult actions to do is to love our enemies or to love those who’ve hurt us or those who continue to hurt us. For example how could you love your unfaithful spouse? How could you love someone whose been making life so difficult for you? Indeed, these kinds of people are very hard to love. But on the other hand, who are we not to love them and who are we to focus on hatred instead of love?

Why don’t we try loving those who are hurting us, why don’t we try to eliminate whatever hatred in our hearts? The moment we love those who hurt us and the moment we eliminate hatred in our hearts we become free from the bondage of the evil one. We free ourselves from any form of negative and hurtful emotions that slowly eats away our good health.

Loving our enemies doesn’t mean that we eliminate fairness and justice. Loving our enemies simply means that we don’t keep whatever form of hatred in our hearts yet we pursue justice and fairness.

Jesus loves us all whoever we are and whatever sins we have committed. However we are also aware that there is hell, there is the kingdom of the devil wherein those who do no good are destined to dwell. This is justice and this is fairness.     

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