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The Challenge

     As a child we have our limitless,  and unique imagination that  explodes with colors of creativity. Like been given the opportunity to fly to mars or walking on a red carpet for drawing the best rainbow.  However, as we grow up we begin to realize the impossibility of some of these creative ideas. Like going mars, unless we are planning on becoming an astronaut, it probably will not happen or unless we become an artist, it probably wont happen.

     Today's Gospel almost seems like a child like unique and limitless imagination. That we must  love my enemy, turn the cheek, and walk ANOTHER mile. That sounds impossible. Almost imaginative. How is that ever achievable?  Why should I turn the cheek  or walk another mile? How can I love those who are physically, mentally and emotional evil doers to me? Come on Jesus, you are asking the impossible, right?

Wrong.

     Jesus said to all of those who want to follow him, " you must deny your self, pick up your cross and follow me" He calls us to leave ourselves. Leave behind the life we once knew, pick up our daily cross and follow him on the way. Jesus told his disciple, bring nothing with them-no bag, no money, no bread. It wasn't going to be easy. Our lives, our Christian daily lives, weren't going to be easy-they would be fruitful.


     Jesus today is continuing his sermon on the mount and his explaining to us how to live as a fruitful disciple. Asking, what appears to be impossible, Jesus is teaching us two very important skills: 1) Don't seek vengeance or get equal and 2) Love your enemies. Easier said than done, these two essential teachings should be at the center of our lives. As Catholics our goal is not to go moral moral and more morality on a person, our goal is to love. And we love in so many ways. Jesus, today, teaches us whom else and how else to love.

     It is effortless to do our first instincts as humans in a situation. It becomes easy to want 'an eye for an eye'  It is easy to want to only love those who love you. It is easy to do those things. But Jesus gives us a challenge. A challenge to go beyond our human nature to transform our lives into something beautiful. You cannot reform anything without making changes for the better, and this is prime example. Jesus saw the path Adam brought us down, and is transforming this way of life.

     He is transforming us to become a better and completed, "temple of the holy spirit" (as mentioned in the second reading. St Paul mentions that we all belong to Christ. We are all Gods adopted children. He, through his son, is transforming us into a better and complete disciple.

     We must become like a child and think more limitless and unique creativity. This weekends reading is NOT impossible. Christ never gives us more than we can handle, and in doing so he equips us to be able to handle to what he has given us. He offers us a challenge- a doable challenge if we take our calling to Christ seriously and are always acknowledging the fact.  Christ, is challenging us with, what appears to be difficult tasks to become a complete bears of the spirit in our temple.
   

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