Take a few moments to be still within. Breathe deeply and be filled with the presence of God.
But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.
Jesus tells us that God's love does not discriminate between those who are good and those who are bad. Loving our enemies is no easy task, yet as followers of Jesus that is what we are called to do. Our love should reflect the love that God has for each person. Jesus encourages us to grow in love for all by praying for them. In that way, we can come to see through the eyes of God and love with God's love.
Who are the people in my life that I consider enemies or persecutors?
What must I let go of in order to love them as God loves them? Am I ready to ask for the grace to love in this way?
(Speak to God, using this prayer or a prayer of your own.)
Loving God, I am grateful for the many ways that you love me. Help me see with your eyes, that I may grow to love others as you do.