“When ridiculed, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; when slandered, we respond gently.” (1 Cor 4: 12 – 13)
It is so easy to answer in a way much different from St Paul’s, and with a good excuse—I was ridiculed, persecuted or slandered; it is not my fault that I lost my temper. St. Paul brings us a much wider perspective: we can be ourselves; there is no need to be like a mirror—just a reflection of someone else’s behavior. “For freedom Christ set us free” (Gal 5: 1).
“I am the way and the truth and the life, says the Lord; no one comes to the Father except through me.” (Gospel Acclamation)
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