Tuesday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time
(II Corinthians 8:1-9; Matthew 5:43-48)
The gifts of the Holy Spirit allow their bearers to see the world as God sees it. The gift of piety well exemplifies what this means. Piety may conjure the image of attending church devotions, but its true meaning runs much deeper. With piety a person recognizes every human as a child of God. Doing this it is perfectly aligned with today’s gospel reading.
Jesus gives his disciples the hefty commandment to love their enemies. He uses his heavenly Father as an example. God provides rain for the wicked farmer as well as for the virtuous one because both are His children. Likewise, disciples should treat both the bad and the good as brothers or sisters. The commandment does not require one to expose herself to danger, but it does demand of her respect and fairness.
When we regard the unlovable as brothers and sisters, we will go out to greet them. If there has been animosity between us and them, we will dispose ourselves to forgive them. These actions will bring us satisfaction as well as the world more peace.