“‘Love your enemies’ is an unconditional statement. It does not tell us to fight our enemies in order to improve them or convert them by our love. In practice this commandment seems to cancel or delete ‘enemy’ as a category of thought.” –Wendell Berry
Preaching at Trinity Church on Sunday, January 22 the Rev. Phillip Jackson reminded us that ‘love is a way of being in the world,’ even –and especially– when it seem impracticable or downright impossible.
If we wish to work towards eradicating the kind of nasty divisions, hostility, and violence that permeate our world, we each have to start by creating a world where the very idea of “enemies” does not exist. The readings are Isaiah 9:1–4; Psalm 27; 1 Corinthians 1:10–18; and Matthew 4:12–23.