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Deuteronomy 26:16-19; Matthew 5:43-48

Jesus challenges us in today’s Gospel to strive for the perfection of the children of God, which is to love as God loves – to love all, even our enemies.  As I prayed with this scripture, I found myself thinking, “But, I don’t have any enemies.”  I am not a diplomat, nor have I been in a gang, and I have escaped any family feuds.  Then, I realized that in many ways, I have created enemies by the barriers I place between others and myself.  Sometimes these barriers represent my insecurities about my abilities, my fear of rejection, or my desire to safeguard my reputation.

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