Wednesday, December 15, 2021

“The courts demand that every religious person must accommodate a single atheist who might be ‘offended’ at the favorable mention of God’s name. But no atheist can be forced to accommodate a single religious person who might be offended by the atheist’s unbelief, or who wants to be part of the pluralism and diversity about which liberals regularly speak, but which is not broad enough to embrace people who believe in God……Being “Offended” Doesn't Make You Right”

Gospel Text: (Lk 7:18b-23)

At that time,
John summoned two of his disciples and sent them to the Lord to ask,
“Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” 
When the men came to the Lord, they said,
“John the Baptist has sent us to you to ask,
‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?’”
At that time Jesus cured many of their diseases, sufferings, and evil spirits;
he also granted sight to many who were blind. 
And Jesus said to them in reply,
“Go and tell John what you have seen and heard:
the blind regain their sight,
the lame walk,
lepers are cleansed,
the deaf hear, the dead are raised,
the poor have the good news proclaimed to them. 
And blessed is the one who takes no offense at me.”


Reflect, today, upon how completely open you are to the full truth of the Gospel.  Are you ready and willing to listen to everything Jesus proclaims?  Are you ready and willing to accept the full Gospel in your life?  Let Advent be a time when you deepen your resolve to listen and heed all that our Lord wants to say to you.  And if you see yourself “offended” in any way, know that the area of offense is most likely the area you need to work on the most.


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