“Be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

Continuing the Sermon on the Mount (Mt 5:43-48), Jesus takes another Old Testament law and declares it outmoded.  Now, instead of loving neighbor and hating enemy, one is to love the persecutor and pray for him.  Loving those who love you is easy, and is done by good and evil persons alike.  To treat others (God’s children, our siblings) as He does we must strive to do as the headline says.  It is unfortunate that many look at this which Jesus implores as an impossible ideal.   Jesus never asks the impossible and with Him all things are possible (Mt 19:26).  We must continuously plead to God for the graces to attain the perfection to which He calls us.  It is not “only human” to sin and fall; it is inhumane.  Jesus, as true Man, is our exemplar.  He is what it means to be truly human.  We need not sell ourselves short.  God doesn’t.

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