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The Lord is kind and merciful. — Psalm 103:8
Mass readings: Micah 7:14-15,18-20 / Luke 15:1-3,11-32
Someday I’m going to count how many times the Gospels refer to the complaining scribes and Pharisees. As Jesus is about to tell the story of the lost sheep and the prodigal son, we’re told “Pharisees and scribes began to complain.” Seems as if they’re always complaining about something but Jesus delivers His message anyway. If He’d been silenced by their criticisms, we’d never have these two beloved parables.
As a teacher, I’m routinely talking to a group of people. When the occasional student grumbles, it takes quite a bit to not be pulled under by that student’s very presence. And yet Jesus, who seemingly can’t escape the disparaging remarks of His critics, perseveres in spreading His message of mercy and love. A good model to emulate.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, teach me perseverance in the face of criticism.
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