Here is today’s Gospel reading, from St Matthew: ‘You have heard that it was said, “You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.” But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you salute only your brethren, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect’.

St Paul tells us that the love of God is poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, living in us. It is through this grace that we are able to love even our enemies. Our Lord did this Himself when He prayed from the cross, ‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do’.

May our Lent this year be marked by our love for all in God, especially those whom we find difficult to love. May God bless you in this, and pour His grace into you.