The Pastor's Corner

 

Love Your Enemies 

Love your enemies.—Matthew 5:38-48 

Can you picture getting to heaven, and the first person you meet is the one you liked least on earth? It’s possible. 

After all, God loves that person just as much as he loves you. 

 

 

 

We should never presume to know how he judges each person. 

No one falls outside the scope of God’s loving intentions, either. 

What God wants for you here on earth is what he also wants for history’s  tyrants—that they “be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). 

Here’s another surprise: your enemy can help you move closer toward that goal of perfection. 

Notice that Jesus’ command to be perfect appears right after he explains how to treat the people who hate us: “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5: ) Because it is! 

It’s beyond human powers—or it would be, if Jesus hadn't suffered and died for us. 

Try to cooperate with the Lord today. 

Think about the people you should be loving more than you—and not just your “enemies.” 

Think too about the people you take for granted, look down on, or consider undeserving. 

Instead of harboring spiteful or judgmental thoughts, say a short prayer for someone who provokes you. 

What if you have stronger emotions? 

When you find yourself dwelling on people who have hurt you or people you don’t like or people with whom you have strong disagreements, stop yourself, and start praying for them. 

Start with the people you live and work with. 

Pay attention to the thoughts that cross your mind, especially angry or hateful ones. 

Don’t harbor them! Instead, take advantage of every invitation to love. Then the perfection of God will begin to shine out from you

Peace, Fr. Mark

 

*I saw this reflection in “Living the Word” published by World Library Publishing and wanted to share it.

 

 


 

 

The Pastor's Corner

 

Love Your Enemies 

Love your enemies.—Matthew 5:38-48 

Can you picture getting to heaven, and the first person you meet is the one you liked least on earth? It’s possible. 

After all, God loves that person just as much as he loves you. 

 

 

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About Our Church

Welcome to the website of St. Dorothy Catholic Church in Glendora, CA.

On this site there is information about our church and location, our schools and care facility. You will also find our history, and the most important aspect of our life together, the celebration of the sacraments.

We are an active Christian faith community. We are a parish within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Over the years, the parish has been served by religious orders as well as by diocesan priests.

We are equally blessed by a tremendous diversity among our parishioners. We have a large age range from babies and school children to the retired and elderly. As well, ethnic communities bring a richness to our parish. We believe that no matter what our age, culture or ethnicity we are brothers and sisters and together form the Body of Christ, the church in this place and time.

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