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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Groaning in Frustration

"Then Jesus looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to him, “Ephphatha!” that is, “Be opened!”

Most of us recognize Jesus' agonized groaning as something that comes over all of us. Though we explain ourselves clearly and carefully, a colleague, a friend or a family member misunderstands or misinterprets our intent. We explain again, even more slowly. Still, some claim not to understand us. Only when we realize and accept that some are resistive to our message, do we begin to have some peace!

Jesus has tried hard to assure his hearers that he is an observant Jew, but many, troubled by the power of his words and deeds, insist they do not understand him. He sighs out of frustration, and no doubt realizes that he is in a deadly arm wrestling match with the leaders of the Jewish community. Though he will continue to assure the Pharisees and scribes that he wants to work with them for the reform and renewal of the Jewish community, he knows that his efforts are fruitless.

We have the same obligation as believers. Without arrogance or resistance, we must listen to those who challenge our beliefs or seek to undermine our religious convictions. If we intend to follow Jesus' example, we have no other choice, we must continue to announce God's Good News.

Today, ask yourself if you are resisting hearing someone with whom you disagree.

Which teachings of the Catholic tradition are most difficult for others to understand or accept?

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