I am not sure if there are parents out there who look forward to having the “birds and the bees” talk with their children; I for one dreaded it each time. One of our boys seemed to dread it as much as I did. Each time he asked a question that indicated to us it was time to have “the talk,” we would ask him to sit down. Sensing a serious conversation was imminent, he would get up and walk away saying, “never mind, I’m ok.” Then my husband and I would sigh in relief and say, “oh well, maybe it’s not time yet.” Sometimes we are not ready to hear things that we know will make us change.
The words in today’s gospel are addressed to “you who hear.” The radical words that follow are words that, if heard, will make us change. “But to you who hear I say, love your enemies . . . For if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?. . . Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” The bar is set so high, it seems impossible to reach. But Jesus would not ask us to do the impossible, so there must be a way.
The same power that changes water to wine and wine to blood, can change our hearts and teach us how to love. In today’s first reading, St. Paul tells us to “put on love,” to let the peace of Christ control our hearts, and to let the word of Christ dwell in us richly. When we truly hear the Word, we are changed; we are transformed. Are we ready today to hear?
Let us pray:
God, fill our hearts with your love, that we may love one another, bear with one another and forgive one another. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ.
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)