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Love Your Enemies

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Thursday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time

 

READINGS

First Reading: 1 COR 8:1B-7, 11-13

Responsorial Psalm: PS 139:1B-3, 13-14AB, 23-24

Gospel: LK 6:27-38

 

Homily

In today’s Gospel, Jesus teaches us how to deal with our enemies, with those who mistreat us and with those who hate us. Here, Jesus wants from us to do something unusual. When most people would take revenge at their enemies, Jesus said, “love your enemies.” When others would easily condemn, Jesus teaches us to forgive and reconcile with them. When others place burden upon our shoulders, Jesus exhorts us to carry it patiently and even withstand by carrying it with much strength.

Here are the things Jesus wants us to do as His followers:

1) love your enemies

2) do good to those who hate you

3) bless those who curse you

4) pray for those who mistreat you

5) give to everyone who asks of you, and from the one who takes what is yours do not demand it back

6) do to others as you would have them do to you

7) lend expecting nothing back

8) be merciful, just as also your Father is merciful

9) stop judging and you will not be judged

10) stop condemning and you will not be condemned

11) forgive and you will be forgiven

12) give and gifts will be given to you

These are for me Jesus’ twelve commandments of love that separate us from the rest who does not obey God. In the New Testament, the commandment “love your enemies” is something specific to Jesus. The scribes and Pharisees easily judge and condenm others. They readily make enemies because of this. Jesus by teaching us “love your enemies”  wants us to win our enemies back and not to win against them. This is the reason why Jesus told them not to judge, nor condemn but to forgive.  The number 12 command implies that the gifts we ought to   give are gifts of love and forgiveness. If we give this kind of gift, God will bestow upon us more than what we give. Jesus said,

“Give and gifts will be given to you;
a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing,
will be poured into your lap.
For the measure with which you measure
will in return be measured out to you.”

And so, if we love our enemies the way God loves them, then we are loved more than the love we share. Well, how about loving the ISIS terrorists?

 

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