FROM YOUR PRIEST:
"THe HARD TRUTH"
Jesus is preaching some hard truths to us. He is warning us that following him will not be easy. Indeed, his Advent brings division, some quite acute. Here’s the challenge: When we hear Jesus saying that five will be divided, three against two and two against three, what is our first assumption? Could it possibly be that in our divisions we think that we are always on the “right” side—it’s the “other(s)” who are "wrong?” And that being “right” means that we have no responsibility to heal division, to repair the breach, to treat wounds? Lord knows we have plenty of division in our day. Plenty of finger-pointing, of blaming, of sound and fury. If we are tempted to think we are in the position to throw the first rock, it may be time to rethink our strategy (and theology). Jesus might want to have a longer conversation about this, when we have the time.