Today's Gospel reading is from Jesus' Sermon on the Plain from Luke 6. There's a particular question He asks three times in this short sermon.
"For if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do the same. If you lend money to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, and get back the same amount."
Doing easy stuff is no credit to us. Jesus expects us to go beyond the easy. He expects us to do the difficult. "Love your enemies and do good to them, and lend expecting nothing back. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful." Easy? Nope. But the easy stuff is no credit to us. The hard stuff is.
Father, you know how much we gravitate towards the easy. Help us to remember that is no credit to us. Help us do the difficult. Amen.