Jesus really mixes it up today; as He tells us that His purpose in coming is not just to make for more peace. One of the hard realities of our time is that many of us have misinterpreted Jesus. When we ask the question, “what would Jesus do?” the answer shouldn’t always be to make peace and speak only words of love. Of course those things are essential to the true message of Jesus, but as today’s Gospel points out – sometimes we need to speak the truth when it makes our hearing of it uncomfortable, when it challenges and even convicts us. But there is a way to go about this which if we know Jesus; we know He would want first! We must be about self-conviction, self-challenge first and always. We must share the truth always in charity; that is, in a manner which is governed by true love for others and a sincere desire to want what’s best for them. We cannot be self-righteous; we cannot be judgmental or governed by dissatisfaction with the world and the people in it. It is inevitable that at some point in time, if we are truly living the Gospel we will be at odds with someone for it.
As Vocation Director, I look for men who are strong of character with kind and loving hearts. With men who are growing in their love, care and concern for others. Men who love God and by extension and in the way our Risen Saviour calls us to, love others. It’s all these things, and I am truly amazed that I have very little problem finding this in the men who I meet. The strength of character is needed to speak the truth in love, and not to be wishy-washy about it. That same strength of character is what allows these men to be sure that they have discerned the truth well themselves, questioned and re-questioned themselves but then to stand firm in their faith even in the face of adversity. As we all seek to live our faith today and every day, may we come to have that strength of character that we may be firm and fair in our faith always. God bless you.