We find in this selection from the Sermon on the Mount one of the hardest teachings of Jesus: to love our enemies. Yet when we do this we cleanse our hearts of hate and fill them with God’s grace, so that we will be prepared to follow Christ in this life and be with Him in the next.
The story of Joseph in the Book of Genesis recounts the power of reconciliation within a family. Joseph chooses the higher path and overcomes hatred and discord as he returns compassion toward his brothers. His example inspires us to examine our own families and actively seek opportunities to foster peace.
St. Paul shows how the sacrifice of Jesus Christ makes reconciliation possible in our world. As disciples of the Lord, we are called to be ambassadors – agents of healing – who help continue the Lord’s saving mission to reconcile people to God and one another.