Here is today’s Gospel, 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’.

Here our Lord assures us that it is in loving our enemies, those who persecute us, that we are and show ourselves to be children of our heavenly Father – we show the family likeness, so to speak. For did not our Lord do the same? He died forgiving those who had crucified Him. Forgiveness can sometimes be a journey rather than an event, but it is important that we begin. He will be with us.

May God bless you this day.