The readings from today’s Mass (Jer 26:11-16, 24 and Mt 14:1-12) highlight a problem that’s existed from the beginning of time – People don’t want to hear that they need to reform their lives, especially if it comes from a friend or family member! Unfortunately, our present society is full of various “isms” (relativism, subjectivism, etc) that tell us that we are the ultimate judge of right and wrong. It is becoming a common belief that we can’t “judge” anyone’s actions, beliefs or lifestyle. Doing so qualifies as “intolerant” or “judgmental”.
Speaking The Truth – Even When It’s Difficult!
However, our Catholic Faith requires us to point out and caution others against sinful actions, especially to those over whom we have responsibility. It’s not being judgmental; instead it’s showing care and love for others. However, just as we see with Jeremiah, John the Baptist, and even Jesus, people may not want to hear it. That’s to be expected and should not dissuade us from speaking the truth – with charity.
If you need encouragement, consider the Lord’s words and remember that it’s up to each of us to continue to spread the “Good News”, even when it’s difficult.
If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you. Remember the word I spoke to you, ‘No slave is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. (John 15:18-20)