For more than three years now I have been placing my views and opinions here in the mysterious world of the internet. I thoroughly enjoy it but I have absolutely no idea how it works. I do, however, know how to read, think and have opinions. Monday through Friday the ideas can come from almost any direction but I put out one comment on Saturday drawing upon the texts of the scriptural readings for the following day. As I know my readers are all busy people, I try with some success to keep my views rather short. What do I do if I want to touch on two different subjects? That is certainly the case today.
The first reading is magnificently important for everybody who wants to live a happy life. The Gospel is about fraternal
correction and how that should be done inside the community of faith, which is the Church. I personally have needs in both of these areas and topics give each and every one of us an opportunity to develop both psychologically and spiritually. Take a quick look at the first reading from the book of Sirach and see if it doesn’t make horse sense.
The text reflects an old man talking to his son giving him good advice on how to live a better life. He stresses that if you develop the virtue of humility people will appreciate you and value your friendship. If you are really very successful, you don’t have to tell your friends about it. They will know that and respect the fact that your accomplishments have not gone to your head and turned you into an obnoxious person. He also suggests that we set goals for ourselves that are reasonable and not greedy and if we do find ourselves sinning, then generosity and concern for others will atone for those weaknesses. Good advice from an old man. Always true but sometimes we have to get somewhat older in order to gain that wisdom from experience.