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<< Saturday, February 19, 2005 >>
Deuteronomy 26:16-19
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Psalm 119:1-2, 4-5, 7-8 Matthew 5:43-48
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"He rains on the just and the unjust." —Matthew 5:45

Once a teenager deliberately disobeyed her mother's midnight curfew and tiptoed into her house several hours later. Expecting a severe conflict, she entered her bedroom to find her bed neatly made, the sheets and blankets arranged the way she liked, and her favorite candy bar on her pillow. Stunned by this expression of unexpected love, she couldn't sleep. Weeping uncontrollably, all she could do was think of how much God and her mother loved her. That night, she surrendered her heart to Jesus and asked Him to be Lord of her life.

This mother was imitating God, Who pours down gentle, life-sustaining rains on those who don't deserve His love (Mt 5:45). God sustains and blesses those who hate Him. This is like a continuous flow of water over a hard rock. The water relentlessly probes the rock for a crack. It may take many years, but eventually the water will split the rock and polish it smooth.

"Love never fails" (1 Cor 13:8). "There is no limit to love's forbearance, to its trust, its hope, its power to endure" (1 Cor 13:7). When we love our enemies perfectly, as our Father loves them (Mt 5:44-45), God's love will reach their hearts (Rm 12:20), even if it seems like there is no sign of change.

How can we love those who hate us? Well, God's rain also falls on us, "the just" (Mt 5:45). "The love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit" (Rm 5:5). "Receive the Holy Spirit" (Jn 20:22). "Love your enemies" (Mt 5:44). "Prove that you are" children of God (Mt 5:45).

Prayer: Father, make me perfect in love (Mt 5:48).
Promise: "Today the Lord is making this agreement with you: you are to be a people peculiarly His own." —Dt 26:18
Praise: Catherine prays for the man who threatened her children.
(This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)
Nihil obstat: Reverend Giles H. Pater, August 18 8, 2004
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, August 23, 2004
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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