There are people so-called perfectionists. Their life is not easy. They try their best to achieve their goals. Maybe you know a person who is such a perfectionist.
Mathew reminds us that Jesus taught something else about perfectionism. Because he wanted all Christians to become perfectionists. But not in the common sense of the word. In the Gospel, perfectionist means follower of God the Father. First of all, perfectionist needs to remember that they are children of God.
This is the foundation of our behavior as Christians. If you understand that you are able to live as a child of God, you also want to behave like your heavenly Father. And the most important characteristic of God is his love for human beings. Only love can make you ready to accept your opponents and enemies. Only love can encourage you to help all the people who are in need even the bad ones. Only love can cause you to greet your brothers and sisters with your smile and warm heart. Only love makes you focus on the bright side of life.
But without love, you will hate your enemies. Without love, you cannot pray for your persecutors. Without love, you cannot behave like Jesus Christ the Son of God.
Are you a Christian who offers no resistance to people who are evil? Are you a Christian who lets others strike you not only once but many times? Are you a Christian who is ready to share everything with the needy? Are you the one who can spend time with those who ask you?
Tell yourself what your answer is to these questions: Yes or No? Keep in mind that there is no other option. You can be a perfect Christian as Jesus was or not.
Don't be afraid to give a positive answer every day. I know that you are able to "be perfect just as your heavenly Father".
Reflection on Matthew 5: 33-48 by Fr. Józef Trzebuniak SVD