Friday, 12 June 2009

Face Yourself While There’s Still Time!
Posted: 10 Jun 2009 09:00 PM PDT
2 Cor 3:15-4:1, 3-6 / Mt 5:20-26
By the very nature of things, life is filled with conflicts. However charming and mellow the people we live with may be, we inevitably have differences of taste, preferences, interests, goals, visions, and … whatever. Because of that fundamental reality of the human condition, we have to become experts at the art of reconciliation. We have to become adept at facing differences — some of them deeply and hurtfully felt — and bringing them together.
But the most profound and tricky task of reconciliation is not with others but within ourselves — learning how to recognize and name and face the conflicts within our own souls, conflicts that can tear us apart and sink our ships if we do not resolve them.

Jesus addresses that very matter at the end of today’s gospel, when He warns us about making peace with our opponent before we get to court. He’s not talking about an enemy on the outside; He’s talking about our own inner adversaries, our own demons. He’s saying, in a word: Face yourself while there’s still time. Face yourself and do what needs to be done before you destroy yourself.
It’s good advice from our very dear brother. Don’t ignore it!

2 comments:

C.Alv.B said...

'But the most profound and tricky task of reconciliation is not with others but within ourselves — learning how to recognize and name and face the conflicts within our own souls, conflicts that can tear us apart and sink our ships if we do not resolve them'.. that is very true Father.. that what I am realize for so long.. to face ourself..GBU

katolik said...

Generally speaking: conflict arises due to making decision either to follow God or the Devil. We know perfectly well that we must choose God, but deep inside our human desire, we would like to choose the Devil instead. Conflict should not become an issue if God comes first in our lives. Remember: the highest law is the salvation of souls.