From a Creighton Student's Perspective
January 20, 2012
“Treat others as you would like to be treated,” is commonly heard by a child while growing up and even as they continue on with their life. While we all would like to be treated with forgiveness and respect, we often seek revenge when we are hurt by others. This is how David felt at first as he was presented with his enemy before him and he attacked him. This however did not bring David the feeling of satisfaction he was looking for. David probably thought he would feel good after conquering his enemy and lifting up himself. Instead David did not feel accomplishment, but rather felt like he was doing something wrong and stopped his action of trying to kill Saul. Let us think of a time when we have been presented with our enemy as David was. How did we respond? Did we take that opportunity to pursue hateful action and make ourselves feel better than our enemy? Or did we follow Jesus’ teaching to “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44)?
In our society it is easy to get caught up in jealousy and greed. Our culture tells us that more is better and this is not always in the sense of Magis, or giving more, but rather in having more. It is easy to be jealous of someone who has more money, material possessions, popularity, or is prettier. Then we often justify this in our minds as a reason not to like him or her and to put him or her down to lift ourselves up. This is not what God wants us to do though. God loves each and every one of us and has made us each perfect in our own way. God calls us all to be his beloved sons and daughters and to recognize that we are all unique and have a purpose in this life. Just as Jesus appointed his twelve disciples and called them each by name, God has appointed each one of us to a vocation.
As we continue to seek our vocation from God, we can have a hard time hearing God and allowing him to guide us in our lives if we are filled with feelings of hate and jealousy. Let us all remind ourselves that we are all children of God and God loves us all. By freeing our hearts of these feelings of hate and anger we can be opened up to share God’s love with others and receive God’s love and blessings in our own lives.
Lord, grant us the strength and courage to love our enemies. Let us not fall into the trap of the devil by treating evil with more evil, but rather fight evil with your love. Grant us the grace to listen to your call and to share your love.
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