My reflection is from Living Faith:
“But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you… Matthew 5:44
In fourth grade, I had an enemy. He was a very good speller. He and I were often the last two standing for spelling bees. And, more often than not, he won. It was not the victory it’s self but the smirk that made him my enemy.
Today, I might say that my enemies are the people who don’t use their blinker at the intersection, costing me an extra three seconds on the road. Or the neighbor who lets their dog bark incessantly at 7 AM on a Saturday when I’m trying to sleep in.
It may be easy to think of our enemies as those featured on the news – the armed robber, the arsonist or the brutal dictator in another country. Of course, we should pray for them that they may change their ways. But we should also pray for those who simply annoy us. Because, God knows, we are those people to someone else. Let’s hope that others are praying for us.” Terrence Hagarty