March 26, 2017

Friends,

If you read our bulletin each week, this is a continuation of last week’s Pastor Notes. I wrote about the A and B of temptations in American culture; Accumulation and Becoming non-religious. This week I will tackle the C word; Competition. It seems in our culture today that for too many of us it’s all about me. I don’t need to listen or learn from anyone else. If it is good for me, that’s all that counts. I don’t worry about the consequences or repercussions my decisions have on other people; that is their problem. My individual rights take precedence over anything else. It is a dog-eat-dog world. I have to win at all costs. I am always right.

I don’t take prisoners. I don’t negotiate. Listening to others is a sign of weakness. Anyone that doesn’t think like me is the enemy. It’s me against the world. So competition is a huge temptation. 

How do we overcome temptation? Respect the differences among us. Listen to peoples’ stories.
Concentrate on what we have in common, not what separates us. Realize that everything is not just black or white; there is a lot of gray. Know that it is more important to ask the right questions than to have the right answers. Remember this: most of the issues that put us in competition with one another will not be solved in our lifetime. So… relax.

Every one of us is a work in progress. We are all on a journey and it is a life-long trip. The 40 days of
Lent can make the journey a much more positive experience for each of us. If that happens, the world will become a better place.

Enjoy Life!
Fr. Ron Coyne

 

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