“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your friends, hate your enemies.’ But now I tell you: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may become the children of your Father in heaven. For he makes his sun to shine on bad and good people alike, and gives rain to those who do good and to those who do evil. Why should God reward you if you love only the people who love you? Even the tax collectors do that! And if you speak only to your friends, have you done anything out of the ordinary? Even the pagans do that! You must be perfect—just as your Father in heaven is perfect.
LOVE YOUR ENEMY
Loving your friends and family is easy. How can you love an enemy, for he will not return it? Jesus exhorts us to a more perfect kind of love, one that goes beyond the self. His love of the word that had rejected him is what started his mission and inspired the grace he offers to us.