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How can I love my enemy when he/she nails me to the Cross?

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God's Love, as Merciful as it is, is still a tough pill to swallow.

Justice screams for retribution in millions of abortions. Justice cries for vengeance in euthanasia, embryonic abuses, and contraceptives for our teenage girls. Justice seethes for action in attacks on religious freedom, marriage, family, and the hearts and minds of our young people.

But Justice is never served in the frothing mouth of the vengeful dog.

Just the opposite...see the Cross.

"You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18

When I cheat, lie, steal, or become an obstacle to someone else's salvation, do I seek for a second chance in Mercy, or do I wish that someone would come and annihilate me? When I am caught in hypocrisy, do I hope that I am forgiven, and reconciled to God and man, or do I wish that people would ridicule me, spit on me, beat me, and nail me to a tree? The obvious answer is that I hope for forgiveness, reconciliation, and a chance to be part of the greater communities life.

If I wish that for myself, why can't I wish that for another?

"He pardons all your iniquities, heals all your ills. He redeems your life from destruction, crowns you with kindness and compassion." Psalm 103:1-4, 8, 10, 12-13

Yesterday I went to confession (the Sacrament of Reconciliation). There was no giant finger pointing at me from the sky! God did not open the heavens and allow the saints and angels to hurl stones at me for all my transgressions. Though I deserved a Divine slap in the head, God lovingly forgave me in the actions and words of the priest--through the Blood of His Son, and the Power of the Holy Spirit.

And doesn't Mercy demand Mercy? Isn't that Justice?

"Let no one deceive himself. If any one among you considers himself wise in this age, let him become a fool, so as to become wise." 1 Corinthians 3:16-23

Human wisdom seeks for vengeance. Human wisdom kills babies for convenience. Human wisdom treats the elderly as life's disposable by-products in order to offer worship to the cult of youth. Human wisdom terrorizes others in order to serve an almighty god of their imagination. Human wisdom seeks economic redistribution in the spirit of revenge.

In contrast, true Divine Wisdom, and humanity sanctified in His Blood, suffers on the Cross.

"You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you..." Matthew 5:38-48

So how do we love our enemy, yet, fight evil at the same time?

Just look at Maximillian Kolbe in Auschwitz. Just look at Miguel Pro in Mexico. Just look at Oscar Romero in South America. Just look at St. John the Baptist, or St.'s Peter and Paul, or the hundreds of thousands of martyrs throughout the centuries.

Unswerving Love, unswerving forgiveness, unswerving faith, unswerving fidelity to the gospel Truth.

Just look to the Cross.