Barasoain Weekly Reflection for 17 – 23 July 2016
“But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”
In our workplace, we have some people who pisses us off. They tend to get into our nerves as always. We may let it pass when we are involved in a rivalry with our colleagues but the situation changes when it is our boss to whom we become toxic to.
But what if the people to whom which we share an intense competition with suddenly suffers a problem in which they find hard to cope up with? Are we going to be happy with them knowing that they are paying back what they have done against us, or unlike others, we will feel pity about their plight despite the fact they harmed us?
God told us to love everyone, including our enemies. According to the Gospel of Matthew, while Jesus is delivering his Sermon on the Mount, he taught them to “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44). The idea is simple: “If you love those who love you, what reward will you get?” (Matthew 5:46).
Loving only those who love does not bring greater peace but rather it prevents us from reconciliating with others when we restrict our relations with only those who are close to us. We don’t expound, reach out or spread the peace of God but rather restricts it. In the end, what have we done more than others? Haven’t we’ve been doing what exactly others are doing that way?
This week, God is asking us to make peace to those who have hurt us. Will you spread Jesus’s peace in your life today?
“Eye for an eye makes the whole world blind” – Mahatma Gandhi