I went to church around 30 minutes early today. I decided to sit at the back-most, corner-most area beside the garden, where I felt most comfortable because of the cool breeze that came in from the open doors.
There was no one near me at that time. A few minutes later, a woman and a teenage girl (I assume to be her daughter) came and sat down in right in front of me, despite there were so many free spaces elsewhere in the big church.
Then I had to go briefly somewhere and decided to “save” my seat by leaving my fan and a card but reclaimed my seat when I came back.
During the mass, the woman left her bag behind her on the seat while kneeling, even though there was a vacant seat right in front of her where she could’ve placed her bag and keep an eye on it.
Since I was kneeling also, her bag was directly in front of me and behind her.
As the mass progressed…she started to look agitated and was going through her bag and not finding whatever she was looking for. I don’t know for sure, but I felt she was thinking along the lines that I had done something or gotten something from her bag because of the way she was acting.
I was so irritated with what I thought she was thinking. I tried to pray for her to be enlightened…but the feeling of irritation was so distracting.
I know that, if true, that she was wrongly thinking ill of me, she was commiting a sin, I too, who allowed myself to be affected, sinned by not being able to concentrate fully during mass and having this irritation get the better of me.
How should I have acted in this situation?