Saturday 22nd Week of the Year
Do we find ourselves sometimes condemning someone without know all the facts or walking in their shoes for a mile?
If Jesus and the disciples
were walking through that corn field
the day before the Sabbath
the Pharisees would have to find a reason to complain.
Then they could have picked the corn
and chucked it off the cob
and would not have to prepare it on the Sabbath.
The proper way to keep the Sabbath, according to the Law,
was to prepare all meals before the Sabbath.
But they were one day late, and they heard it from the Pharisees.
It’s hard to keep your attention on anything else when you’re hungry.
It didn’t bother the disciples, and it didn’t bother Jesus either.
It’s sad that you never hear the Pharisees asking Jesus politely,
“Why do you break the Law? What do you see that we don’t see?”
When we get off on the wrong foot with someone,
we can quickly end up in an argument.
It’s a question of who’s right and who’s wrong
and more than likely someone else is always wrong.
We already have our mind made up.
We see something from a distance,
and without much effort, we can find ourselves
condemning an action and a person.
We don’t have to say anything,
but usually, we carry that critical spirit around with us all day.
And how easy it is to blow things out of proportion
when we are in that frame of mind?
Unchecked emotions can add fire to our fury.
If someone else’s behavior is that important to us,
why not discuss it with them
or just give them the benefit of the doubt.
We will probably find that there’s a rational reason
why they do what they do.
Let us pray for an open mind and believe that people are good.