June 10, 2018 – Reflections by Deacon Al


Deacon Al

This week we experience the word “Blame” The word “Blame” is to hold responsible; find fault with; to place the responsibility for (a fault, error, etc.) on someone other than oneself.
Adam Blamed Eve for trickery. As well, Eve blamed the serpent. Jesus’ own family “Blamed” him of being out of His mind, and blamed /or accused Him of being possessed by the devil.
But Jesus gives us the example of not being defensive against those in our lives who don’t see things as we do, but teaches us to look at life from a different point of view, the view of the other person and rationalization.
Just yesterday, I had two experiences with two different people. The first was with someone very close to me, my sister. We were talking about friendships, and how her daughter reconnected with a former friend that she no longer associates with. She was kind of upset with her daughter for talking with this former friend, and went on to say the former friend was angry with my sister for not calling her first. My sister came back with what many of us say: “The phone rings both ways, why should I have to be the one who calls first”???
The second person approached things in a different way. He had told me that a co-worker had found a mistake in the work he was doing. My friend openly admitted he had made the mistake, and with that his co-worker said “You’re” admitting to this? Why would you do such a thing? My friends reply basically was: I made the mistake and I’m not going to lie about it. It’s easier to admit my own fault, than to try and tell lies to cover things up. Let’s just fix what I did wrong and move on.
Place yourself in these scenario’s, which one can you relate to in your own life? Being the one who throws away something as valuable as a long term friendship over stubbornness or being the one to admit your faults and fix things, giving a living example to others?
Or approaching it like Christ, thinking about things from the other person’s point of view and coming up with a solution that can make things better?
You decide, as Jesus states in the Gospel, we’re all given the gift of the Holy Spirit’s wisdom through Baptism and Confirmation.

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