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love your enemiesToday, we continue with Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount from Mt 5:38-48  dealing with love of enemies. We hear Jesus acting in the role of a new Moses. He builds on the commandments of old but he commands us to go deeper, forbidding retaliation, and commanding one’s love of one’s enemies.

Old Middle Eastern culture was built on honor and shame. When someone’s honor was threatened, they would retaliate, usually stopping with insults before going further. The laws of the Old Testament regulated society so that it didn't end up in bloody triable conflict all the time. It was meant to limit acts of revenge by making sure the punishment was not excessive but fit the crime.

Jesus asks his followers to take a different approach. He urges his disciples not to retaliate. Rather, we are to offer no resistance. Hand over our possessions, go the extra mile. Instead of hating our enemies, we are to love them. We are to pray for our persecutors.

There is nothing in the bible commanding us to hate our enemies. The definitions of love and hate were really about attachment and indifference.

You were attached to those in your group. Outsiders were the others, detached. You were at best indifferent to them. But Jesus is now commanding us to treat as a member of our family or household the outsider, the potential enemy.

Matthew emphasizes that love of God and love of neighbor are the fundamental commands on which all else depend. Because God’s love is unconditional, we are to strive to love as God does, even though, it is challenging. Is it even possible?

love your enemiesIn short, we are urged to practice a perfection, which imitates the perfection of our Father in heaven. Without the grace offered in Jesus Christ, such a task is impossible. But if we respond to the challenging commands of the Lord in today’s Gospel, we are assured of God’s help.


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    Attention Men! The Men’s Fellowship, at Resurrection Parish, invites all men of the parish to our bi-monthly meetings on the first and third Wednesday of the month starting at 7:30pm in the Resource Room.  There will be light refreshments.

    We will meet in an informal setting discussing the subject listed in the schedule below. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Deacon Rich at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 973-714-2952. 

     If you are not sure where Catholicism fits into your life, have questions about the faith, or just need your spiritual life reinvigorated this evening’s informal and confidential discussion may be what you’re looking for.

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