Gospel: Mt 5:43-48
Jesus said to his disciples, ‘You have learnt how it was said: You must love your neighbour and hate your enemy. But I say this to you: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you; in this way you will be sons of your Father in heaven, for he causes the sun to rise on bad men as well as good, and his rain to fall on honest and dishonest men alike. For if you love those who love you, what right have you to claim any credit? Even the tax collectors do as much, do they not? And if you save your greetings for your brothers, are you doing anything exceptional? Even the pagans do as much, do they not? You must therefore be perfect just as your heavenly Father is perfect.’
It is easy to perceive Jesus’ expectations of us as burdensome. But far from this, Jesus’ instruction in this Gospel is in fact a natural progression of a deepening of our relationship with Him. Jesus becomes our Source. As we experience His goodness more and more, we are more able to give this goodness to others too. This is why having Jesus in our lives should naturally show up in our doing the humanly insane and impossible, which the tax collectors and pagans who do not have Jesus in their lives cannot do.
How is God inviting you to make room in your life daily to deepen your relationship with Him?