Eleventh Tuesday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 11th Tuesday of Ordinary Time June 18, 2019 WORD of the DAY 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, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust… So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect. (Matthew 5: 43-48) How shall I live this Word? The words we meditated on yesterday become even more demanding. It is not enough to love our neighbor, all those who are close to us and somehow friends. You need to go further: to love those who are your enemies and try to hurt you. Look with a good eye at those who deceive you and tell lies about you. Endure those who persecute you and discredit you, afflicting you with rudeness and vulgarity. You are even asked to pray for those who hate you. And the term of comparison is very high; the measure of holiness is God...