Tuesday of the Eleventh week in Ordinary Time
"Be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect"
Here John wants to say: perfect in love (1Jn 4,17). And what is the perfection of love? To love our enemies, and love them to the point of their becoming our brothers. For indeed, our love should not be according to the flesh. So love your enemies by wanting them to become your brothers; love your enemies in such a way that they may be drawn into communion with you.
This is in fact how he loved who, when hanging on the cross, said: “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do” (Lk 23,34). He wanted to snatch them away from everlasting death by this prayer utterly full of mercy and of great might. Moreover a number of them believed and were forgiven for having shed Christ's blood. They shed it when they set themselves up against him; but later on, after they had believed, they drank it. “By this sign we know that we dwell in him, if we are perfect in him.” Our Lord invites us to this perfection of love when he says: “Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.”