February 20

Reflection

The real challenge of Jesus’ teaching on loving one’s enemies is not loving some group assigned a label based on politics, sociology, or economics or loving some remote person we will never have anything to do with.  The challenge is to love the people among whom we live and work and go to school, the people with whom we struggle, the people who annoy us and those whom we annoy. The Jesus of the gospel instills in us a vision that sees beyond stereotypes, politics and appearances and recognizes and honors the goodness possessed by every human being.
Jay Cormier

Prayer

May I understand the meaning of love as Jesus taught it.

Action

Who are those in my life that I find difficult to love?  Am I aware of anyone who finds me difficult?   What would be truly loving in this situation?

Suggested Reading

But I tell you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who mistreat you and persecute you,
Matthew 5:54

This is the revolution of Jesus, the greatest revolution in history: from hating our enemy to loving our enemy; from the cult of complaint to the culture of gift. If we belong to Jesus, this is the road we are called to take.
Pope Francis

Love even for enemies is the key to the solution of the problems of our world.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are travelling the dark journey with us. Oh be swift to love, make haste to be kind.
Henri Frederic Amiel

Getting people to like you is merely the other side of liking them.
Norman Vincent Peale

I think that hate is a thing, a feeling, that can only exist where there is no understanding.
Tennessee Williams

If you must hate a man for the many things about which you disagree, remember that you should also love him for the many things about which you agree.
Ivan Panin

Be kind, don’t judge, and have respect for others. If we can all do this, the world would be a better place. The point is to teach this to the next generation.
Jasmine Guinness

Take care, be kind, be considerate of other people and other species, and be loving.
John Lithgow

If we don’t plant the right things, we will reap the wrong things. It goes without saying. And you don’t have to be, you know, a brilliant biochemist and you don’t have to have an IQ of 150. Just common sense tells you to be kind, ninny, fool. Be kind.
Maya Angelou

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