There is a reader at mass that bothers me the way she phrases her words. The readings do not flow but are said about three words at a time, pause, then three more words, whether there is a period or not. It has always bothered me and sometimes I wonder why someone doesn't tell her what she is doing wrong. Or maybe in God's eyes it isn't wrong. Who am I to know?
The same lady, in a mean way, let me know I should not sit at her table at a dinner. I sat down to speak to someone I knew, and she said, "This table is full, you can't sit there!" I had no intention of sitting at her table but her comment irritated me. Other persons have commented on some of the weird and mean things she does. I heard that she had accused someone of stealing some of her belongings. She has become my nemesis and I stay away from her.
As she was reading today an unchristian thought ran through my mind immediately followed by my act of contrition for my thoughts. When communion time came, I went down the aisle asking forgiveness for all the wrongs I do, known or unknown. As I approached the Eucharistic Minister, it was my perceived nemesis. I bowed, she looked me in the eye, and gently said, "The Body of Christ." Something inside of me seemed to melt. I wasn't sure if it was the receiving of the Holy Host or how she said it, but maybe, I thought, she wasn't so bad after all. And then I felt a soft pat on my arm and I knew I had been unfair in my thoughts.
The times I have received communion, I had never seen her participate as a Eucharistic Minister. Today I felt as if God was letting me know that I am too critical and put her in my path. Yes, God spoke to me today and I will be a kinder, nicer person when I see the lady I thought was my nemesis!
"Christmas gift suggestions:
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect."