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Saturday of the First Week of Lent – March 12, 2022

Bishop’s Reflections

March 12, 2022

For every day during Lent, Bishop Edward Malesic writes a Scripture reflection for the faithful. Follow the bishop on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Saturday of the First Week of Lent – March 12, 2022

Yesterday I talked about God’s teaching strategy. God doesn’t give us an advanced lesson until we are ready.

Jesus said, “You have heard it said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you.”

This is, perhaps, one of the most difficult lessons of all. It is distinctively Christian, too.

Now, what is love? Love is desiring the good of the other. And if our enemy has a bad heart, we must love that person into having a new heart. And that is why we also pray for our enemies, for a change of heart. But we must also be willing to have a change of heart ourselves, because sometimes the hardness of our heart might be the cause of the friction between us and an enemy.

Who is my enemy and do I desire God to be good to them and save them?

What makes me the enemy of someone else? What might I need to change out of love?

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