Monday 27th April, 2014 – Monday of the 4th Week of Eastertide
Reflection: Acts 11:1-18
RESPONDING TO CRITICISM IN LOVE
There must have been times in your life when you have been misunderstood and even criticized for your actions. So you see beloved, criticism and backbiting is almost an inevitable aspect of any meaningful venture you want to make in life. In today’s first reading, we see some good Christians with even “good motives” who were out to criticize Peter for going to the house of the uncircumcised. To them, it was an abomination for a Jew, not to talk of a Christian-Jew to mingle with Gentiles. Hence they criticized Peter over this matter.
Now, the question lies here: “How did Peter handle his critics”? Obviously, as we see in the passage, Peter did not quarrel with them in turn or respond with angry expressions. He simply recognized their state of ignorance and lovingly explained to them all that happened. Did you learn any lesson from that? Of course you did.
So next time dear friend, when people criticize you unjustly, simply calm down and ask the Lord to fill you with His love which you would use to handle the matter at hand. And if you try to explain to them gently, and they still don’t understand, then leave the matter for God and keep loving them, so far you know you are in the right. For the Bible says that “When a man’s ways pleases the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.” (Prov.16:7). This is the way to triumph.
PRAYER: Thank you gracious Father for your presence with me that enables me to overcome every trial that comes my way in life. Please help me to respond to my critics in love. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 311 – What are the fruits of the Holy Spirit?
The fruits of the Holy Spirit are charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control, and chastity (cf. Gal 5:22-23).
In the “fruits of the Holy Spirit” the world can see what becomes of people who let themselves be adopted, led, and completely formed by God.
HIDE A TREASURE: “Keep your temper under control, it is foolish to habour a grudge” Ecclesiastes 7:9 GNB
Today’s Readings: Acts 11:1-18; Ps 42: 2-3, 43: 3-4; Jn 10:1-10