Bible Verse of the Day – Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, Tuesday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time, Saturday of the First Week of Lent, Thursday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time
Jesus said to his disciples:Matthew 5:43-48, Luke 6:27-38
You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.
But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you
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Today’s Bible Verse of the Day Reflection – Matthew 5:43-45
Love is our theme today. Love is the greatest commandment that Jesus left us. Today Jesus is giving us enough reasons why we should extend our love to our enemies.
God is the creator of all that is here on earth. He is the same God who created those things we fear or hate like snakes, fierce wild animals and poisonous plants. He also created those people who persecute and hate us.
We too, there are people who fear us and also those we hate. We, in our human weakness, tend to act as victims all the time, forgetting that others are victims of our persecutions. They see us as their persecutors.
In the above scenario, we neither wouldn’t like to be hated by others nor be referred as persecutors. We would like to feel loved by others and others to feel safe when they are around us. The perfect alchemy to this is embracing love.
The love we have from God cures all evils in this world. When we fail to love, we hate. When we hate evil propagates among us and we perish. When we love, we eliminate hate and goodness flourishes among us.
Let us adhere today to Jesus’ call today to love our enemies because God loves them with the same measure He loves us. He doesn’t discriminate anybody. We too should follow God’s perfect example and extend our love to our adversaries and this great love will thaw the hatred in our enemies and we will all become children of our Heavenly Father.
Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, increase Your love in our hearts so that we can spread this love throughout the world even to our enemies and we will eliminate all evil among us. Amen.
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