The title of the popular 1960’s self-help book, I’m O.K.; You’re O.K., popped into my head as the antithesis of Jesus’ warning to the scribes and Pharisees in today’s gospel. In an age when we’re told to think positively about ourselves, many still wrestle with low self-confidence and even depression.
An elderly cousin called me the other day. I say elderly because she is in her early 90’S. She was in a bit of a panic.
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Father Peyton often said that, even though he came from a large poor family, he was rich. His home gave him everything. Because Jesus and Mary were at the center, faith was his family’s foundation. Family prayer, specifically daily prayer of the Rosary, gave him all he needed to become all the Lord made him to be.
Years ago, we had a backyard of bare ground and weeds. We desired a lawn where grandchildren could run and play. It was a project. We added soil, planted grass seed, and watered. With God’s generous sun and rain, the grass eventually grew. Yet, it did not grow everywhere. In several areas, the ground remained bare; adding more soil and seed did not help. It was puzzling. It was time to revise our yard plan.
I think one of the hardest words to hear as a child is the word, ‘no.’ I don’t think it gets much easier as an adult.
Some people are talking about positive changes happening in their families during this time of lockdown because of the coronavirus. We are not sure about tomorrow, the only thing that we have at our disposal is this present moment.