Gospel Mt 5:43-48
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 rain to fall on the just and the unjust.
For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have?
Do not the tax collectors do the same?
And if you greet your brothers only,
what is unusual about that?
Do not the pagans do the same?
So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
“…what is unusual about that?” Jesus asks his followers.
You see, he is giving his disciples a radically different teaching:
love your enemies
pray for those who persecute you
be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Christianity should be unlike anything the world has ever seen before!
We are called to perfection, and this is no vague notion of perfection. Jesus tells exactly whom to model- non other than the almighty, all good, all loving, all merciful God the Father in Heaven!