Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Today, in Mercy, Jesus continues to instruct us in the way of Christian perfection. As we look back over history, and contemplate the present, we realize that these are instructions many Christians have chosen to ignore.
Love your enemies.
Do good to those who hate you.
But WHY, for God’s sake??? Why should we love our ENEMIES???
And that’s exactly the answer: for God’s sake.
Jesus tells us that this is the way God loves, and that if we want to be like God, we must love that way too.
God lets his rain – his grace – pour out to everyone. God does not withhold the hope for good from any creature. It doesn’t mean that God, or we, don’t recognize evil and sin in another. It means that we love despite it.
We may have a few people in our hearts whom we consider so evil or mean-hearted (people who hurt us or the world so egregiously) that we have withdrawn our respect and love from them.
These are the very people Jesus tells us to pray for today. May they be opened to God’s grace. May they be healed by Love. And may we.
Music: Tender Hearted~ by Jeanne Cotter