Thursday, September 12, 2013
Radical love: Daily Mass Homily--Thursday, September 12th, 2013
St. Paul gives us a great charter for Christianity in his letter to the Colossians. And the crowning jewel of this is love: “And over all these put on love, that is, the bond of perfection.”
Jesus shows us what this love entails: “…love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” It is easy to love those who love us in return, but Jesus calls us to the radical love that extends even to our enemies. He calls us to love the terrorists in Syria, to do good to those who hate us and to pray for those who mistreat others. While we don’t accept acts of terrorism on innocent victims, we must love the same.
This radical love was first shown by Jesus. He died for those who killed him and blessed those who cursed him.
We must show such radical love in our lives today. On the brink of possible military attacks, our country should note that we Christians are men and women of love, and of peace.