Took a moment to do the Loyola's 3 Minute Retreat. The theme today is "Reflecting on God's Love."
But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.
First reflection questions, "Who are the people in my life that I consider enemies or persecutors?" The important question to ask is "whom do I fear?" I have to say that, currently, the people I fear most are church leaders/people who bristle at diversity, are steeped in nationalism and find being right more important than loving one another. As a worker in the church, this is a rough spot to live. I worry daily that the way God has called me to the margins will threaten my job security. I feel concern for how some of my fellow workers and faith community members will affect our progress towards Jesus vision of the Kingdom of God.
Second Reflection question, "What must I let go of in order to love them as God loves them? Am I ready to ask for the grace to love in this way?" I must let go of fear. Lean on God's promise though Isaiah 41:10, "Do not be afraid, for I am with you." God, free us from fear. Work will come and go, but God is always here, and so are those on the margins, "for the poor will always be among us" (John 12:8). There is no lack of God's love and no lack of those in need of love.