THE SERVANT GENERAL
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
FOOLISHNESS OF THE GOSPEL - 2
Today’s gospel: Luke 6:27-38
As if Jesus’ teaching yesterday was not hard enough,
now he ratchets it up one notch higher. “But to you
who hear I say, love your enemies, do good to those who hate
you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat
you.” (v.27). This is truly an overturning of the wisdom
of the world and the natural inclinations of fallen man.
this is what the call to holiness is about. This is truly
being “set apart.” To love those who love you,
to do good to those who do good to you, to lend money to those
from whom you expect repayment, “even sinners do the
same.” (v.33b). So how are you different, especially
since we are also all sinners?
rather, love your enemies and do good to them, and lend expecting
nothing back” (v.35a). Who can do this? God can, “for
he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.”
(v.35c). Look at Jesus on the cross. He loved his enemies,
including those who crucified him, and in fact went to the
cross precisely for them. He did good to those who hated him,
extending to them mercy and the gift of salvation. He blessed
those who cursed him, spat on him and tortured him. He prayed
for those who mistreated him, asking the Father to forgive
them for they knew not what they were doing.
that’s Jesus. Indeed. And he asks the same of us. He
loves us so much that he wants us to be holy as God is holy,
to be perfect as the heavenly Father is perfect. “Be
merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” (v.36).
If that difficult? Of course. It is in fact impossible just
on our own strength. But that is who we are meant to be. It
is how we can be set apart. It is how we can truly claim to
be children of God and inheritors of the Kingdom. “Then
your reward will be great and you will be children of the
Most High” (v.35b).
says all these “to you who hear.” Are you listening?