We need to understand that Jesus did not take pleasure in conflict. His first preference was always peace. He wept over Jerusalem; he felt sorry for the crowd because they were like sheep without a shepherd; he taught his disciples to turn the other cheek and not fight back. If we walk with him, part of our journey will be through the fire. He is the disturbing Christ and he is the loving Christ. Yes, Jesus challenges us to a more profound way of life. One that is not superficial. His message will always challenge us to a better way of living.
Reflection for July 12
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