By Rev. Erik Esparza


 The Word of God will not only comfort us, but will also challenge us. We read such a challenge in the Gospel of Matthew when our Lord Jesus Christ said to his disciples: “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, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have?” (5:43-46)

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By Fr. Erik Esparza

 Unlike what some might believe, God is not out to get us! At the same time, God does not take delight in our wrongdoing. Ultimately, God wills that all shall live! This is why God sets forth commands. This is why God sent his Son, Jesus. This is why Jesus gave us the Church to continually teach and guide us. For if we are left alone or confused by the values of the world, there is no doubt sin will consume us. Why? It is because sin weighs us down, turns us from God and ultimately leads us to death.

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