There is no greater commandment than “you shall love your neighbor as yourself” but the Gospel today tells us to “love our neighbors and our enemies.”
All around the world we hear and see the violence that is happening in the name of religion. Jesus teaches us to love our neighbors but to also love and forgive our enemies. As Christians, we choose to love, not because our enemies deserve our love, but because Jesus loves them so much that he died for them.
It is easy to love those who love you. But can you love those who do not? Can you forgive your enemies? What can we learn from the stories I shared with you today about St. Stephen and Mahatma Gandhi? Discuss this with your family.
Is there someone in your life that you find difficult to love? If so, say a prayer for him or her today. God bless you friends.
Father Pinto Paul C.S.C., ordained a priest in the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1999, worked with tribal populations in northeast India as a missionary for ten years. In 2010 he came to the US for further studies. While working as a campus minister at Stonehill College, he assisted pastors in local parishes, led seminars and workshops for teachers and students in the US and earned a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Boston College and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Lesley University, Cambridge. He is currently working as the International Director of the Boston-based Holy Cross Family Ministries with missions in 17 countries.