Jesus expands the notion of neighbor radically by saying that our love needs to include our enemies, too, that is, those unlike us and those we dislike or who dislike us: those nearby and those beyond local, national and religious boundaries. We are meant to live in mutual respect and harmony sharing the earth’s resources and our mutual enriching gifts. But we are often personally and collectively driven by fear and greed to circle the wagons around ourselves and around our possessions, and to destroy the enemy. Only God’s mercy can free us from our obstacles and give us the ability to love those we consider our enemies. The Good News is that God in loving mercy accepts us as we are. The more we surrender to that divine mercy, realizing God’s love for us and in us, the better able we will be to love others.