“But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you,”
Matthew 5:43 – 48
Today’s Gospel is part of that wonderful teaching of Jesus Christ, the Sermon on the Mount, in which Jesus calls us to a deeper level of spirituality. By telling his disciples, “But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you,” he challenges them, and us, to move deeper than religious practices to loving relationships in Christ.
To love like Jesus Christ is to strive to love even those who are against us. Whether at home, work or church we encounter persons who oppose us or oppose our ideas. Jesus calls us to love them and pray for them.
This is counter cultural to so much that passes for our culture today.