Lenten Reflections

Reflections on Matthew 5:43-45

“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, so that you may be children of your father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.” (Matthew 5:43-45)

Matthew 5:43-45 means that God loves me as much as he loves those who are not believers of justice and love and/or acceptance of all His/Her children. And even though I may be thoroughly disgusted by their words and actions, it is my job is to lovingly address all those who do not lead with love and pray for them as much as I pray for those who are just like me. It’s difficult being a follower of Jesus Christ, but I signed up for this.  (Amber Picou-Broadnax)

 I think it means the world was created for all of us and God is not taking it back anytime soon. So … we all get to use it, and to use it well we should think of ourselves as the children of God. That means we are family and families usually stretch to include even those who are misbehaving. Bad kids get called on their behavior … but it generally takes a lot before they get kicked out and even then, parents dream about welcoming them back. Thanks for asking … (Rick McKillop)