What Is Perfect Love?
Updated: Dec 23, 2018
"Love your enemies."
I'm sure that this is a line we have heard several times before. It is one of the important teachings of Christ here on earth.
But have you ever really stopped and reflected on that sentence, alone?
I'd like to invite you to read it again, slowly...
Love your enemies.
When I really took the time to reflect on this, I have to say, I really thought how it sums up Christ's love. In today's day and age, how often does He get scoffed at, mocked, and disregarded? How many times are His precious body and blood in the sacraments abused by those who have no desire to turn away from sin and evil? Yet He remains with open arms, awaiting for His beloved children to return to Him. No matter the hurt they caused Him, if they have remorse for their actions, He is willing to forgive and to embrace them with deep Fatherly love.
Even when we reflect on His Passion, and how horribly treated He was as He walked the way of the Cross, I often look at His response. "Lord, forgive them for they know not what they do." ~ Luke 23:34
He easily could have gotten angry and could have lashed out. But no. He did the complete opposite.
Do you love like that?
I don't know about yo, but to be quite honest, at times I feel it's impossible for me to do that. How can I love someone who has hurt or wronged me?
I've really pondered on this and came to one realization: on my own, it's impossible. But with Him, it is.
The beautiful thing about Catholicism is that through the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Holy Eucharist, we unite with Christ and become part of the body of Christ. Through this, Christ lives in us. We are then called to allow Him to shine through. Each of us must strive to model our lives after Him and His teachings.
Dearest sisters, on our own, one may say we are 'weak'. We struggle with human tendencies, ones that flawed yet difficult to conquer.
But with Christ, I hope that you are reminded that we can truly do it all.
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." ~ Philippians 4:13.
Is loving our enemies difficult? Of course. But it is what Christ had instructed us to do. And through our desire to unite with His body and blood in the Holy Eucharist, we become One with Him. He will always give us the strength we need to conquer anything that may lie ahead.
Today, I'd like to invite each person reading this to pray for someone who really hurt or upset you. May any feelings of anger or resentment be washed away and in its place, may your heart be filled with pure love and forgiveness, the kind of love Christ is calling each and every one of us to.
With love and prayers, Kasia