Today’s Gospel from Matthew, which continues the Sermon on the Mount we have been hearing, contains the challenging admonition to love our enemies. Jesus asks us to God, who “makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust,” and reminds us that it is not all that impressive to love only those who love and are good to us.
How do we do that? How do we love those who are not easy to love? It seems a pretty tough task.
Here are some thoughts by Dorothy Day on universal love.
When you love people, you see all the good in them, all the Christ in them. God sees Christ, His Son, in us. And so we should see Christ in others, and nothing else, and love them. There can never be enough of it.
There can never be enough thinking about it. St. John of the Cross said that where there is no love, put love and you would draw love out…
And this is not easy. Everyone will try to kill that love in you, even your nearest and dearest; at least they will try to prune it. “Don’t you know this, that, and the other thing about this person? He or she did this…. You must stop loving, modify your loving, show your disapproval.”
The only Christian answer is love, to the very end, to the laying down of your life.
To see only the good, the Christ, in others!