Have you ever been unfairly criticised?
It causes us to want to strike out and attack the other person whether that is directly or to talk about them to others. On the other hand criticism can also have the affect of causing us to withdraw and hold back from others and therefore affect our relationships and the contribution we can make in our world.
In today’s Gospel reading, which you can find in the link below, Jesus gets criticised for spending time with people who are ‘sinners.’ Jesus is clear why He is spending time with them but to those who are ridiculing Him His reasons are of little interest. They still want to do Him harm.
Unfair criticism is all around us. Some magazines and television programs have it as their main focus.
We are called by God to strive to be all that we can be whether in our friendships, marriages, study life, career, etc. Don’t let unfair criticism rob you of being who God wants you to be and in the process have your peace robbed.
There was nothing fair about what Jesus faced throughout His entire ministry. From the time of His birth when Herod wanted to kill Him to when they did kill Him on Calvary, Jesus lived as the focus of unfair criticism.
When Jesus was in the right He always stood His ground. At other times Jesus remained silent letting the unfair criticism go by unanswered.
Throughout Lent make a decision not to have to have the last word. Fight not against others but rather fight to keep your peace. In other words let Lent be a period of change in you to become more like Jesus.
ACTION: What unfair criticism is still hurting you whether it is from yesterday or 50 years ago? How might you be like Jesus and retain your peace?
GOSPEL READING: Luke 5:27-32
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