I have to admit that for me, it is very difficult to pray for a person who hurt me or hurt others. It is very hard to mention that bad person’s name in my prayers. Just think about that, and think about that person that you don’t like, avoid, or don’t speak to for any reason. Do you pray for that person? I’ll bet you don’t. We rather pray for people that we love and care about. But today again we hear Jesus’ words, reminding us: “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.” Not an easy task, not at all. But again -- this is exactly what the disciples of Christ are called to do, literally, to pray for those who hurt us and hurt others, to pray for our enemies, and for those who persecute us, reject us, or don’t like us. Perhaps you can think about someone who hurt you, and say a prayer for him or her today -- not easy.
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