Ord. Wk 7th,  Sunday, 19th February,2017  (Mt 5:39-39a, 42-48)

Dear Friend in the Lord,

Love your Enemies: In today’s Gospel, Jesus urges His disciples not only to refrain from any form of revenge, but also to love our enemies instead. This is because the love that His disciples witness to must be radically unconditional, as He has shown them through His life.  Have you experienced the joy of “forgiving your enemies?”

Fr Philip Heng, S.J

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘You have heard how it was said: Eye for eye and tooth for tooth. But I say this to you: offer no resistance to the wicked. Give to anyone who asks you, and if anyone wants to borrow, do not turn away.

  ‘You have heard how it was said, You will love your neighbour and hate your enemy. But I say this 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 causes his sun to rise on the bad as well as the good, and sends down rain to fall on the upright and the wicked alike.

‘For if you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Do not even the tax collectors do as much? And if you save your greetings for your brothers, are you doing anything exceptional? Do not even the gentiles do as much? You must therefore be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.’

As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • Jesus tells us that we must not only avoid returning evil for evil (i.e. “an eye for an eye”), but also we must seek the greater good of those who wish us ill and have caused us harm. 

  • Jesus wants us to treat others with loving kindness and mercy as He has shown us in His life and most clearly through His death on the Cross.  

  • Pray for an outpouring of the gifts of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, and self-control, so that we will be able to live the Christ-like life that is expected of us as His disciples.