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Gospel Reflection for 22nd Sunday OT B2012

posted Sep 2, 2012, 12:29 AM by Alberto dela Cruz


(Mk 7.1-8, 14-15, 21-23)

Many remain hesitant to explore the stretch and reach of fraternal correction due to the required emotional discomfort.  The fear of inflicting harm on the person to be corrected, regardless of its urgency, causes much delay and so the damage becomes irreparable.

Jesus bears the price of employing necessary correction, knowing that delaying it and prolonging the misconception about certain belief and practice may cause permanent burden even on the most sincere and pious person.  He sacrifices hurting the feelings of those whom he fraternally corrects just to avoid unnecessary burden and the possibility of being led astray.  For Jesus, it’s better to have pain in being corrected in truth than to be consoled with lies.

May the nobility of Jesus’ motive to correct enflames our hearts to do the same.  Amen. 

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