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Matthew 5:44-45a 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.
I suspect most of us are tired of the fight and have at one time or another simply wanted to pull the covers over our heads and drown out the noise, just for a minute. What else is there to do?
But today’s gospel lesson shows us another way. Jesus delivers the Sermon on the Mount, and nothing is as it seems: the poor, the meek, the mournful shall inherit the earth, not the wealthy or strong. Then, perhaps knowing our nature to steal away to far-off places, Jesus offers the key to weathering the storms. And it is as it always has been: Love.
Love your enemies. Jesus will take care of the rest.
MOVING FORWARD: Who needs to be added to your prayer list today?