Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/061918.cfm
Jesus said to his disciples: “You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.
For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brothers only, what is unusual about that? Do not the pagans do the same? So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
This is so hard to do but so needed today. We have forgotten how to love and pray for those we do not get along with. those who hurt us are sometimes the hardest to pray for. But love works. Love brings peace and destroys hatred. Do we not need more of that today? Instead of hating and vilifying others why not try love and prayer. What do you have to lose but hate?
Prayer: Heavenly Father teach me to love as you love and to pray as you pray. Amen.
Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.