Love Your Enemies

One line jumped out at me from yesterday’s gospel, Matthew 5:44 love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. Do we really do that? Wouldn’t that include President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, Kathleen Sebellius and Andrew Cuomo? Can we truly say that we love our enemies? Are we really praying for them?
This is what Jesus calls his followers to do, to love our enemies, even the president and to pray for our persecutors. We may not like the idea but it is His will. Don’t we pray Thy will be done? How can we pray the Our Father and ignore Jesus’ command?
Maybe things would not be as bad as they are if we had followed this command earlier. What would have happened if the more than 25 million Catholics who go to mass each week had seriously prayed for the president? What might happen if we begin to pray daily for Joe Biden? Could this be the only way to get a pro-life president? Don’t we believe that with God all things are possible?
Following Jesus command to love our enemies does not meaning giving up the fight. We still must oppose the policies of this administration. There is no question that we are right in doing so. The question lies in how we do so. We are against policies not a man. There is no need for the personal attacks and emails. That is not what God wants. That is not what it means to be a follower of Christ.
Too often the tactics we have used have come from the dark side. They turn people off and give Christians a bad name. Prayer is our greatest most powerful weapon. We need to unleash this weapon, especially the rosary.
Why not pray for all these politics to know the love of God, to know Jesus and to be guided by the Holy Spirit? Look how Paul changed. All things are possible for God even changing the heart of the president. Why do we keep denying the power of God by our failure to pray? Don’t we believe in God’s infinite power?

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Author: ronquinlan

To me the message is what is important. Feel free to copy and use anything on this blog. Some pieces were originally published by Catholic Lane so please give them credit. I am a charismatic Roman Catholic and former Social Studies teacher in Catholic Schools. Pieces I've written have been published on Catholi Lane, Catholic Exchange and the Women of Grace blog.

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