Feb. 20, 2016 (Matt 5:43-48)

One day, Pres. Lincoln was speaking kindly to a Confederate soldier. A woman was shocked at this and said, “Mr. President, it seems to me that we would do well to concentrate our energies on destroying our enemy, not befriending him.” Pres. Lincoln replied,”Madam, the best way to destroy our enemy is to befriend him.” This same spirit of wisdom and compassion permeates Jesus’ remarks in today’s reading. How do we try to live out Jesus’ teaching to “love our enemies?”

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