DAY BY DAY
(The Weekly Column by our Pastor, Fr. Jeff Day)
Disciples Even Love Their Enemies
During the American Revolution, there was a Baptist pastor living in Pennsylvania by the name of Peter Miller. Pastor Miller was a friend of George Washington. But living in the same town as Pastor Miller was a despicable man named Michael Wittman, who did all he could to oppose and humiliate the pastor. One day Michael Wittman was arrested for treason and sentenced to die. Upon hearing of his sentence, Pastor Miller traveled seventy miles on foot to Philadelphia to plead for the life of the traitor.
“No, Peter,” General Washington said. “I cannot grant you the life of your friend.”
“My friend!” exclaimed Pastor Miller. “He's the bitterest enemy I have.”
“What?” cried Washington. “You've walked seventy miles to save the life of an enemy? That puts the matter in different light. I'll grant your pardon.” And he did.
Jesus doesn’t command us to like our enemies, but rather to love them. I’m sure that Pastor Miller disliked greatly the things that Michael Wittman did to him, but out of love he obtained a pardon for him. Disciples love others, even when we don’t like them very much. When is the last time we did something loving for an enemy? Have we at least prayed for the people we would count as enemies? I’m sure Pastor Miller prayed hard before he set out on his 70 mile walk, and he most likely prayed a lot during the journey. On our journey of life, we sometimes make enemies. Let us pray for them, and see what the Lord is inviting us to do out of love for them.
Next Weekend: Disciples Try Not to Sweat the Small Stuff
Fr. Jeff, Pastor