Today’s scripture calls us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. How difficult that is. There is no question that President Obama is the enemy of the unborn, the enemy of marriage, the enemy of the Church. He and his minions can barely open their mouths without uttering lies, and yet our Lord calls us to love him and to pray for him. I wish I could say that I succeeded in this task, but the fact is I continually fail. Nevertheless, I must keep trying, beginning again every day.
This doesn’t mean that we must cease opposing his policies and pointing out the lies and distortions. Jesus in his confrontations with the Pharisees and scribes never gave in to relativism. Never said, “Well you have you opinion and I have mine.” It certainly would have been easier for him and later for his Church to just go along, but he didn’t and we can’t. Jesus is the truth and those who belong to him must defend the truth about life, about marriage, and about the human person.
When we are tempted to anger, when we want to hate those who hate us, those who are persecuting our faith and promoting anti-life policies, we must look to the cross and there we see Jesus, his back raw from the lash, nails piercing his hands and feet, gasping for breath enough to say “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.”