March 11, 2016 Friday: 4th Week of Lent
Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us; he sets himself against our doings, Reproaches us for transgressions of the law and charges us with violations of our training. –Wisdom 2: 12
A Detroit schoolteacher was given a ticket for driving through a stoplight and required to appear in traffic court the following Monday morning. She went at once to the judge, explained that she had to teach on Monday and asked for immediate disposal of her case.
“So you’re a schoolteacher,” said the judge. “Madam, your presence here fulfills a long-standing ambition of mine. You sit right down at that table and write ‘I went through a stop sign’ 500 times.”
We are strange folks. On one hand, we admire and praise others for their virtue and successful lifestyle, yet we are not always comfortable when that person is close to home and seems to put us in a bad light. Call it envy, insecurity or maybe pride. When we see someone on a pedestal, we want to knock them off. We look for their faults in order to discredit them. Of course, it is an unhealthy behavior. We do it just as they did it to Jesus. In fact they put him on cross for it.
Father, help me deal with my insecurities and envies. Rather than feel threatened or jealous, may I learn to rejoice with others in their good fortune. May I be free in praising the good that I see in others. Amen.
-Fr. Thomas Connery, Lent Little by Little