Tuesday 30th July, 2013
St Peter Chrysologus. Exodus 33:7-11; 34:5-9, 28. The Lord is kind and merciful - Ps 102(103):6-13. Matthew 13:36-43
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'There is a season for patience ... also a season for acting, challenging and resisting' (Richard Rohr).
Parables like the one today can challenge us and we often need to look behind the story for understanding. Here we are called to consider our tendency to judge and label others. Perhaps we should leave the judging to God. But then there is a danger of becoming passive and not resisting evil and injustice until it's too late.
Let us consider our failure to respond to cases of intimidation and violence. In being slow to make a judgement and address wrongs, are we also being slow to love and act with justice? Perhaps we need to live with the paradox and depend on Godís grace to discern when to tolerate certain behaviours and when to act with resistance and non-cooperation, as Gandhi did. We pray that our response to injustice is one that Jesus would applaud.