There are times in life when things do not seem to be going right, where we can feel that the world is against us. Those negative thoughts and feelings can overwhelm us overshadowing the good that does exist all around us. I think those times of negativity are an example of those stumbling blocks Jesus talks about today. Jesus is trying to prevent us from stumbling over these things that get in the way of our doing the work we are called to do.
Will everything in life be perfect? Will we always do everything right? Will we get everything we want? Will everyone like us? Will everyone support us? Will we always be healthy? Will all our relationships be smooth sailing? The answer to all those is no. When things get off course, we cannot dwell in the negative. We need to recognize that off-coursedness for what it is and not let it rule our lives. There is so much good we do and can do.
As Jesus reminds us today, They will put you out of the synagogues. That putting out is not to stop us or rule our lives. We can do and do amazing things in the world with little more than our voice, our smile and our presence allowing the Holy Spirit to do the rest.
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