September 18, 2015
(St. Joseph of Cupertino)
St. Paul wrote to Timothy, Beloved: Teach and urge these things. Whoever teaches something different and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the religious teaching is conceited, understanding nothing, and has a morbid disposition for arguments and verbal disputes. From these come envy, rivalry, insults, evil suspicions, and mutual friction among people with corrupted minds, who are deprived of the truth, 1_Tm_6:2c-12
I once had a friend who just loved to get into arguments. If I said it was it was a beautiful day, he would tell me how humid it was. If I complained about my allergies being especially bad this year, he would tell me – how I must have been eating the wrong kinds of food. If I complimented him on his choice of food, he would argue that it was – the only choice left.
Sometimes people just like to argue for the sake of arguing.
Both Jesus and Paul often ran into these kinds of people when they were preaching the Good News of God’s Kingdom. You see, for those people, the Good News went in one ear and out the other, with no register in between, except to find a point to argue against. Paul, in advising his disciple Timothy, warned him to beware of senseless arguments with people, because in the end, they would always lead to hurt feelings and discord. It doesn’t take much to see this all over our world today. And it has the potential to result in wars and riots, unjust arrests and even the death of innocent bystanders.
When Jesus told his disciples to go into the villages and proclaim the Good News of God’s love for everyone, He didn’t tell them to argue the point until the people gave up in exhaustion. Instead He said, that when they refused to listen, the disciples should just leave, and find someone else who would listen.
Our Commission is not to force the world into salvation, but to let them know that their salvation is always there, just for the asking. All that’s necessary is a simple belief in God’s love for them. A love that has been proven to us, both through the redeeming Passion of Jesus, and in the revealing Promise of our eternal life, through His resurrection.
This is our destiny.
And no arguments can change that fact!
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