This obviously is an ideal, a goal to be aimed at, but because we have been created in his image, God desires that we be perfectly ‘US’, just as God is perfectly God. We are sacred. Set apart. Like no other. To embrace that I am both the fruit of love and its multiplier. The Holy Spirit is the love between the Father and the Son, and as St Paul says, “Brothers and sisters: Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy that person; for the temple of God, which you are, is holy.” — we are temples of love.
It is in our attitude to acts against love by others, that the genuineness of our concern for people is tested. Yet, we have the power and the responsibility to “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven”. The love by which we were made are called to live… this seemingly inconvenient love… is the unconditional desire for the highest good for another person.
Jesus is not asking us to do something impossible and unreasonable but to open our eyes and see what is the only sensible way to live and relate with the people around us, because to do anything else is to act contrary to our nature and choose only the lower, immediate, material goods that don’t last and won’t be fulfilling.
On the mount from where Jesus leads the people into greater understanding of their greatness and beauty, he also reveals that we are so much more than ‘rats in a race’, in a ‘dog eat dog world’.
Peace doesn't just happen; it's made.
CampusPadre is a college ministry Priest Chaplain with 30 years experience in youth and young adult ministry, who strives to let the Holy Spirit lead and challenges students to seek holiness above all.