The Word of God

Be Determined Not Stubborn

Refection on Mass Reading for March 26, 2020

“I see how stiff-necked this people is. Let me alone, then, that my wrath may blaze up against them to consume them. Then I will make of you a great nation.” For those of us who sincerely trying to follow Jesus and live by the Gospel, we must be convinced that our behavior shapes our personality and therefore all of our moral and otherwise important decisions in life. The Scriptures clearly show the track record of those who have abandoned their own set of values and goals toward Heaven and those who never gave up even though it was tough at times to stay focused and faithful. It is all about balance and humility. Jesus wants us all in Heaven and every day we are either moving closer or further away from this awesome destiny of ours.

“The works that the Father gave me to accomplish, these works that I perform testify on my behalf that the Father has sent me.” Today let us carry Jesus deep within our souls so that we do or say nothing that would displease him. A stiff neck is not pleasant neither on the body nor on the soul. To be stubborn when it comes to growing closer to God and surrendering our pride is not a virtue. This is the challenge and fruit of being loving people who love God and our neighbor. Be determined, not stubborn. Determination is positive, feels light and will take us far with the grace of God. It is a willingness to change as needed and always keeping an open mind. Stubbornness is a heavy feeling and refusal to budge. A negative, closed mind can never reflect the face and attitude of Christ. It is truly an exciting adventure.

“Pride will always be the longest distance between two people.” Toby Mac

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