February 19, Sunday, 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18; 1Corinthians 3:16-23; Matthew 5:38-48
What makes a follower of Jesus different from the rest of the world? The answer is in the word itself, follower. To follow means to be like the one being followed. Basically, to be like Jesus is to do what He taught and what He did, even to death.
He calls His followers to be more loving and faithful than others in the gospel! Oh no, that is impossible, you may say. Yes, it is indeed impossible by human standards. Yet, Jesus cannot order His listeners to do something if He knows that they cannot do it. He knew His followers could accomplish it with the Holy Spirit's power.
The call to love our enemies and pray for our persecutors is continuous. We will be moulded into being meek and humble like our Master's heart through constant reminders and prayer.
To be perfect is to be like our heavenly Father who does not discriminate against whom to bless. Jesus also asks us not to discriminate against whom to love and whom to greet. Only loving those who love us will make us just like everyone else, including those who do not believe in Jesus. Our radical love makes us different! It is radical in the sense that it does not expect reciprocation or rewards except for the promise of eternal life.
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