Homily of the Day

Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you. This commandment is never easy. When we watch crime news on television especially of innocent children being raped and killed, of parents molesting their own children, we get angry and react wishing death penalty for the criminals. We consider these criminals as enemies. But Jesus calls us to love our enemies. What a commandment! Is it possible really to love our enemies? Human as we are, even forgiving them is hard. Some of us may say it is possible but very difficult. However, a proactive and true follower of Christ would say difficult but possible. For in God and with God, nothing is impossible.

The gospel did not end with just the commandment, Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you. These words are added: … so that you may be children of your Father in Heaven. For he makes his sun rise on both the wicked and the good and he gives rain to both the just and the unjust…

Don’t we all want to be called children of God? With the commandment, knowing how difficult it is, we cannot be other than become children of God. The commandment will oblige us to come to God and ask for help. It will help us see that for God and with God, nothing is impossible. Being able to love our enemies will tell us that we really are children of God, created in His image and likeness and goodness. We are reminded that there is a place for everyone in the present world and that God directs everything for the benefit of all: He lets the sun shine on both the just and the wicked. God’s blessings are poured on both the wicked and the good. This does not justify us to do bad things because anyway God’s blessings will be upon us. Yes, God’s blessing is generously poured on everyone, but if we continue to do bad deeds and continue sinning, we keep ourselves away from God, and we might fail to see His blessings. We are reminded that everyone is created in God’s image and likeness, and that everyone receives the same goodness and generosity from God. We are reminded then to see the good in others. It might be difficult to imagine, but yes, even the criminals whom we hate were created by God, and receive the same blessings we receive. God allowed the weeds to grow with the plants. Sometimes, it is hard to comprehend the purpose of the existence of evil in the world. It is more difficult to comprehend how God can also let the sun shine on the wicked and give rain to the unjust. But these are realities of life. The commandment is difficult but possible to follow if we come to God for help and if we see God in others, especially in the enemies.

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