‘A Call for Prayer’
Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
You have heard that it was said, “You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.” But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you…
– Matthew 5:43-44
When there are threats to people in our world by enemies as horrific as terrorists, I feel petty trying to love an enemy of mine these days. That enemy is the apparent multitude of robocallers. Almost 30 percent of my phone calls are now those automated intruders. Some are definitely attempts to “persecute” with dangerous scams, disguising themselves as friendly neighbors by using my own area code or one I have recently called. I was waiting for important news yesterday. Every time the phone rang, I raced to answer. Ten times the caller ID showed what had to be a robocall. The only help I’ve found to love those enemies is to think that God sees some goodness in them that I cannot. Maybe they are just trying to feed their families or escape much worse enemies than mine.
God, strengthen me with your love to pray for these callers who persecute me.
– Patricia Livingston