In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said: “Love your enemy and do good…” (Lk 6). Jesus is most concerned about our attitude. Are we selfish or loving in how we relate to other people including our enemies? Are we proud or humble in the way we treat other people? Anyone who has had to deal with a manipulating person or one who presses unreasonable demands will ask: Do I then have to humor every imposition?
Jesus is not calling us to an enabling of others’ faults nor to a foolish compliance. He is calling us to do what is truly more loving and helpful. Jesus himself sometimes confronted and sometimes simply grieved over his enemies. His purpose was always loving. To understand the Sermon on the Mount or indeed any other Gospel it is always useful to look to see how Jesus acted with different people with different spiritual needs. He is, after all, the model for all of us.
May your Holy Spirit, Lord Jesus, be with me in my daily life to show me how to speak and act as you would if you were in my place. Above all, teach me love and humility in place of selfishness and pride.