Friday of the Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial Feast: Saint John of Capistrano (1386-+1456) Patron Saint of Jurists, Belgrade and Hungary
Reading: Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians 4:1-6; Psalm 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6; Luke 12:54-59
We all know that an incredible amount of “progress” has been made throughout human history. As Jesus point out in the Gospel reading, we can predict changes in the weather, that is, if it will rain or be windy or even warm or cool. Our Lord then sadly points out that often we cannot determine in a peaceful manner what is right and just. In our first reading, Saint Paul appeals to the Ephesians to strive for unity in the Church and in a peaceful manner.
What then is the issue here? It would seem that objectivity is all that is required.
Yes, I know, it is easy to say and difficult to accomplish. First of all, every human situation involves facts and feelings. There are biases and prejudices which we have grown, and they are not easily uprooted. An honest admission of them is required if there is to be any progress in meaningful dialogue and interaction. Secondly, resolution in a peaceful manner does not mean there are no differences of opinion or that those differences
can be, well—glossed over. Diverse opinions can strengthen rather than weaken. Consideration and circumstances, from all points of view, should produce a more balanced solution. This can only come about if there is mutual respect displayed by all parties.
As Saint Paul points out, there is, “One Lord, one faith, one baptism.” Our unity involves diversity, but we call upon the Spirit of God to help us realize, as Paul tells us, that there is, “One God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”
Question of the Day: Will you let Jesus lead you to the gentleness and peace you desire?
Prayer: “Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.” (Psalm 24)