September 12

Reflection

 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors
do the same? And if you greet only your friends, what more are you doing than others?
Do not even the Gentiles do the same?
Matthew 43:48

 

It is so easy to accept and relate to people who like us. We can readily see their strong points and talents and accept the flaws that are part of who they are. They do not intimidate us and if there is a choice to be made they are the ones we choose. The difficulty is to be objective enough to acknowledge the gifts of those with whom we are not comfortable or whose personalities may grate on us. Personal relationships are one thing, but when we see this happening at other levels it is more distressing. It takes inner strength to choose on the basis of competence rather than personality or affability. We make this mistake politically and in other institutions to the detriment of the whole. The result opens us to the question: ”If you do this what reward will you have?  What more are you doing than others?”

Prayer

Let us bear with one another in love
Eph 4:2

Action

Review your own objectivity and tolerance toward others. How does this reveal itself when you have to make important choices? What determines how you vote in elections?

Suggested Reading

Judge not, that you be not judged.
Matthew 7:1

The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.
Mark 12:31

 I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst.
 Matthew 5:43-48

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.
 1 Peter 4:8

Accepting all the good and bad about someone. It’s a great thing to aspire to. The hard part is actually doing it.
Sarah Dessen

Ignorance and prejudice are the handmaidens of propaganda. Our mission, therefore, is to confront ignorance with knowledge, bigotry with tolerance, and isolation with the outstretched hand of generosity.
Kofi Annan

Tolerance only for those who agree with you is no tolerance at all.
Ray Davis

I think perfect objectivity is an unrealistic goal; fairness, however, is not.
Michael Pollan

Never judge someone
By the way he looks
Or a book by the way it’s covered;
For inside those tattered pages,
There’s a lot to be discovered
Stephen Cosgrove

Concern yourself more with accepting responsibility than with assigning blame. Let the possibilities inspire you more than the obstacles discourage you.
Ralph Marston

Thank you for accepting me as I am, with my virtues and defects.
Jenni Rivera

 

 

 

 

 

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