Wednesday, September 16, 2020



Most, if not all of us, have experienced having demands on us that are literally impossible. Jesus says it is impossible to please the religious authorities because they keep changing the terms of reference by which actions are judged. This is because they are determined to negate His influence on the people and, thus, will grab at anything that even suggests He is acting wrongly. We have to make sure that we do not do the same as we lead people in their faith.

It is important to set reasonable standards and then apply them consistently across the board, or the integrity of the organization will be compromised. This is true whether we are talking about a religious or business organization. What is at stake are healthy expectations regarding relationships within the group. In today’s Gospel, Jesus complains that it does not matter what He does, because the authorities will always find fault with Him. They are not interested in listening to Him with open minds and hearts.

This is because they have decided that Jesus is a threat to their way of understanding the faith and they are not willing to rethink their faith paradigm. All organizations need to be open to improvement. This means embracing the necessary changes that may happen so as to remain relevant and provide the services they are designed to deliver. Sociologists will go so far as to say that any organization needs to review and reinvent itself every generation. The world and the way human beings interact is always undergoing change. The Church has to take this into account when developing its programs in order to reach the people it seeks to evangelize and form in the ways of the Gospel. Fr. Steve Tynan, MGL

----------- REFLECTION QUESTIONS ----------

Are you open to new ways of thinking about old problems? Or are you stuck in a rut and unable to adapt to the ever-changing conditions around you?

Holy Spirit, help me to find new and more effective ways to minister to the People of God. Let me be courageous to experiment with new ideas. Amen.

Today, I pray for: _____________________________

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