Dt 26:16-19; Ps 119; Mt 5:43-48

But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you.
All people, even those we find least lovable, are children of God. Even if we're bitterly separated by ideology or even bloodshed, we share a common humanity. Loving those who wish us harm is not a simplistic proposition of forgive and forget. Forgiveness isn't weakness. We claim the power to allow all parties to move forward in humility and grace. Forgetting doesn't deny remembrance. Some things shouldn't be forgotten. Remembrance fuels a commitment to justice and fights rationalization and complicity. The love Jesus promotes is all embracing. If we withhold it from one of his children, the omission extends to all. God's mercy is infinite, and so is the need for love in this divided world.
Almighty and all-forgiving Father, grant all your children the capacity for compassion that you bestowed upon your beloved Son Jesus.