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Day 10: “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute.”

Matthew 5:43-48

We live in a generation where we and our younger ones are searching for meaningful existence. We want MORE from life. We want adventure. We want our life to mean something. We have encountered our God-hole and this hole craves to be filled. Cultures, fun, movies, novels, relationship, families, parties, drugs and careers have left us incomplete and insatiable. This crave for meaning; this desire to fill the gnawing God-hole have driven so many to the corridors of atheism or the arms of terrorist groups like ISIS, Boko Haram and others. A God-hole can only be filled by God and by God alone.

Jesus came to show us a way that is life giving. This is the only way of life that can fill our God-hole and fill our life with meaning. This is the adventure of love. This is the only adventure that can leave our hearts fulfilled, invigorated, challenged, stretched, uplifted, captivated, strengthen and divinized. We can try this out during this season of Lent. Love someone completely without holding back and notice what happens to you. Your whole being will blossom with life, joy, goodness and peace. You will experience a feeling so pure, so deep, so exhilarating, and so fulfilling. This is a feeling of connecting with a reality that makes us all one – Love. This adventure is critical especially in our time where murder, destruction and the abuse of love have become the order of the day.

In a situation where we are confronted by absolute evil, the only adequate response is absolute goodness and love.

Jesus describes this adventure as loving our enemies and praying for those who persecute us. This is the mark of being a child of God. This is a mark of being a people dedicated to God.

We love not because of what people have done to or for us and not because of our relationship with people. We love because of who we are. As the sun would shine on the good and the bad, our love is not determine by who receives it.

This adventure invites us to pray for the welfare of those who persecute us. To live this way is the only adventure strong enough to conquer the forces of evil in our world.

Would you want to begin or join in this adventure of Love? The Master Calls. Let us follow Him.

May God bless you all.

Author: Peter Chidolue, S.J.

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