Who is my enemy?

WEEK 3

INTRODUCTION


Who is your enemy? This is a challenging question. Who wants to admit that they have someone they dislike or even have hostility towards? And are such people truly an enemy?

A simple and helpful definition of an enemy is something or someone that harms or weakens another. Most of us have someone in our lives who falls into this definition. Most of us have something in our lives that falls into this definition. Even more, most of us have something within ourselves that falls into this definition.


The problem with enemies is that we don’t know what to do with them. Crush them in battle? Not very nice. Let them crush us? Also not very nice. We need peacemaking with our enemies. Remember that peace is not being free from something or someone we don’t want, but rather peace is rooted in compassionate love that works for healing and wholeness. And this is exactly what are enemies, in any form, need. Making peace with our enemies is some of the hardest work we will ever do, especially since there are no promises that we will be successful—at least not in the short run. But in the long run, the peacemaking we do to console, understand, love, give, and pardon will create the peace we long for.

THIS WEEK’S SCRIPTURE

But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. 

Luke 6:35


INVITATIONS

  • Reflect on this week’s scripture. Are there any words or ideas that especially resonate with you or challenge you?
  • Who is your enemy? Remember that enemies are both within and without.
  • Our prayer throughout this series is the Prayer of St. Francis. The hatred, injury, doubt, despair, darkness, and sadness can all be enemies within us that need peacemaking. Pray our prayer asking for the love, pardon, faith, hope, light, and joy you need within for peace.


  • The hatred, injury, doubt, despair, darkness, and sadness can all be enemies without that need peacemaking. Pray our prayer asking the love, pardon, faith, hope, light, and joy for the enemies without so that peace can be made with them.

THIS WEEK’S PRAYER

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:

where there is hatred, let me sow love;

where there is injury, pardon;

where there is doubt, faith;

where there is despair, hope;

where there is darkness, light;

where there is sadness, joy.


O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek

to be consoled as to console,

to be understood as to understand,

to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive,

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Amen.