My command to you is: love your enemies, pray for your persecutors. This will prove you are sons of your heavenly Father

Matthew 5:44-45
Matthew 5:38-48

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For many of us, the boundaries of our love are narrow and very exclusive. Perhaps we love the members of our family to some degree, and maybe a few other people. Perhaps we talk about loving the poor and the lonely and the disadvantaged, but not with a great deal of conviction. And probably we never talk about loving our enemies. For many of us, it is as though there is a huge paper clip around our life which prevents us from growing and expanding. Consequently, our life is closed to “outsiders,” “foreigners,” people who are “different.” It is easier to categorize them than to love them. For some of us, the only area of growth in life is our “Enemies List.”

But God, in His great Love, keeps on working on us. God wants to liberate us from this narrowness. God wants us to be free to live life in its fullness. And Jesus is telling us in today’s Gospel Lesson that there…

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