Before Jesus died and ascended heaven, he went to Jerusalem. Jerusalem was a place where he was to suffer and show the glory of God. However, from Galilea to Jerusalem, he had to pass through Samaria. For the Jews, Samaria was an enemy region (compare with John. 4:9). So, people did not allow Jesus to cross Samaria. Nevertheless, Jesus remained on his way and tried to find shelter in the Samaritan village. During his journey, he made friends with these people who were his enemies.
On the contrary, we usually avoid our enemies. Who is our enemy? Those who committed sins against us. We keep hating them and even want to take revenge. Jesus teaches us to love our enemies and to look at others with eyes of love.
Probably all of us want to achieve friendship which is a virtue. Obviously, it is hard to love enemies and make friends with those whom we hate. However, forgiveness is the best way to live a happy life. We should not let anger spoil our hearts. May love fulfill our hearts. In the name of Jesus, let us love one another.
By Fr. Aris Mada, SVD.