Tuesday, the 11th week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday, - Friday
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00, 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Romuald
Readings for today’s Mass
First, it does not mean that we passively tolerate evil to flourish. Jesus would not want us to sit idly by in the name of loving our enemies. It does not mean tolerating abusers. What it does mean is that, yes, we pray for those who "persecute us." If we can, we challenge the injustice and confront the abuse so that it does not spread, all the time clinging to the desire for the good of the other person: good, meaning that they find the good within them and begin to turn their lives around.
I had to learn "love of enemy" the hard way. In one job I had I finally reached the breaking point: I would be fired or I would resign. The CEO and I just clashed once too often. So I resigned. I was filled with resentment, anger and bitterness to the point where my wise wife got worried about me. I was able to go on a retreat in the mountains, knowing that I had to resolve this or let my bitterness eat me alive. I finally decided that (1) I had to consciously forgive him and (2) from that day forward I would pray a blessing for him each time I thought of him. It worked. As a result I felt more "perfect" -- in the biblical sense of being more complete and whole.
Full Christian life does not mean being a patsy, it takes the grace of courage and consciousness to love our enemies. But this makes us whole, perfect.