Often my approach in my mind and heart is I do not have the right to do this to anyone. This is not my place. Yet, Jesus calls us to such a task. The attitude to take before we admonish our neighbor is to admonish ourselves. This takes great reflection to see that we are all weak and prone to temptation and sin. If I am willing to say and do the right thing in my own life to overcome my downfalls, then I can approach my brother in a strong spirit of humility. The approach calls for staying away from a self-righteous attitude to a humility that seeks the best and always the good of the other.
If this option does not work, then take this to the church. This is where we gather to pray for the receptivity of the individual. That through the spirit of a faith community, and the power of prayer, the person’s hardness of heart can be softened. If this does not work, then we are left with the resounding presence of God in the person’s life whether they understand it or want to reject it.
I have learned and have tried in my own life not to let the stiffness of pride or ego get in the way of when others might be critical of me. I do not ask for it but have come to learn to listen to it and not necessarily react unless it is worth the emotional and spiritual energy. All I can say is that this gospel is difficult to live out. Another challenge to growing in our spiritual lives with Christ.
We have our Adult Education class on Tuesdays through October 13th. We will meet on Zoom (find the Link on the parish e-mail blast we send every Saturday). We are using the book, “Teachings for an Unbelieving World: Newly Discovered Reflections on Paul’s Sermon at the Areopagus.” Join us at 7PM on the Tuesdays of September up until October 13th. You can still join us, even though we began last Tuesday!
To all our High School students I hope you have heard about our new Youth Minister, Taylor Long. She comes in with great enthusiasm and a desire to serve. We will begin gatherings on Sunday, September 27th after the 11AM Mass. This is the kick-off event and will give our young people a chance to meet Taylor. I hope you will join us! Call Taylor in the parish office if you have any questions.
Please know of my prayers to all of you as we continue through these difficult times for our world. I hope that the start of school brings greater normalcy to all our lives. Have great week.