Reflection on Luke 6:27-38 ~
Genuine love is metered out equally without prejudice. Although an impossibility in physics, the echo of the love returned is greater than it began. Our love must reach into places it has never been if we expect to make changes in our world. Our personal gift of love may not be able to end a war, but perhaps it may settle an argument, change a sinner’s heart, or heal an inner wound. Our reward will be more love than we could ever imagine, echoing it outward by sharing its gift with others.
Luke 6 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
Love for Enemies
27 “But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. 29 If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. 30 Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.
32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. 35 But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven; 38 give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.”
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this Reflection on Luke 6:27-38.