We have moved on to the Sermon on the Mount while we were away at the International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin. The Sermon on the Mount has been called the "Written Constitution of Heaven" as it sets out the type of people who live there, their nature and their relationships with each other and with God.
Today, Jesus calls us to love our enemies. What he is really doing is showing how the values of heaven turn the values of this world on their head. The world kills its enemies; why else would we have war? Jesus could have killed the Pharisees and the chief priest with a blink of his eye, but he chose not to because a living person always has the chance to repent and he does not want anyone to be lost.
The Christian life is so at odds with the world. We are called to love, value and respect one another, not to use or abuse anyone. And yet we so easily justify killing and war for our own ends. What a revelation of adjusted values heaven shall be for us!