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 the rain to fall on the just and the unjust.” Matthew 5: 43-45
These words of Jesus are tough to put into practice. It is easy to love those who love us but it is rather challenging to love and pray
for our enemies. Before I can begin to love and pray for my enemies, I need to know who are my enemies? It is easy to identify those who wish to do harm to our families or our Nation by terrorist attacks and nuclear war threats.
Jesus doesn't put into categories
the different degree of enemies from absolutely terrible to just plain annoying. I consider those who hold political office and support abortion, our enemy in much need of pray. Sometimes I find myself getting really angry and upset with them because they
have bought into the culture of death hook, line and sinker.
Perhaps my angry is justified but when I can't stand to look at them on the Television screen, I need to repent of these resentments. I need to pray for them by surrendering them to Jesus who is the transformer of hearts.
I like to pray a decade of the Rosary for those who are caught in the culture of death. I try and remember Saint
Paul and his dramatic conversion. He persecuted and killed Christians. However, Jesus' grace and mercy was able to crack open the hardness of his heart. After his conversion, Saint Paul was a changed man who served His Master the rest of his life. Conversion
is always possible.
Jesus help me to pray for our enemies every day. Help me to see them as a child of God in much need of God's mercy and grace.