Saturday First Week of Lent

Jesus said to his disciples: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brothers only, what is unusual about that? Do not the pagans do the same? So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

Matthew 5: 43-48

While there is no Old Testament commandment demanding hatred of one’s enemy it is often assumed that God will punish the enemies of his people and that hatred of evil persons is right. Here Jesus corrects that assumption, calling us love everyone. True perfection is not demanded of us, but rather we are called to be Jesus to others; to share his message of hope and love with everyone that we come in contact with, both in word and in deed.