The sun has certainly shone on us this week. The days have been long, bright and hot; we have all experienced the strength of the sun this week.
At the start of the week our Parent Prayer Group met to reflect on and pray in response to some verses from the Gospel of Matthew: the Gospel readings for Mass on Monday and Tuesday. Amongst those verses were the lines, ‘Father in heaven … causes his sun to rise on bad men as well as good, and his rain to fall on honest and dishonest men alike.’
There is an important message in this about God’s love for all. God loves saints, and God loves sinners. God loves us all. There is no part of God’s love that is only shown to the holy or the virtuous. We are all loved equally by God.
There is a difference between loving and liking; there may be people who we find it hard to like, and people whose actions we cannot understand and certainly do not approve of. God teaches that it is possible to love a person without loving the actions of that person. God loves sinners, without loving sins.
In the reading from Matthew’s Gospel Jesus calls on his followers to pray for those who upset them; to pray for them because they – like us – have been created lovingly as a child of God, made in the image and likeness of God.
May the sun continue to brighten and warm our days, and may peace reign in our lives.