Daily Lectionary Readings for Year A
Do you ever get frustrated with others? Have you ever had someone get on your last nerve? Someone who never listens... someone who gossips... someone who is stubborn... someone who doesn't seem to care, etc. During those moments of extreme irritation perhaps you had a few choice words to say, maybe to nobody in particular, maybe under your breath, or just shouts into the abyss. Paul has a good one in his letter to the Galatians. He is so frustrated with people who, in his viewpoint, are not understanding how inclusive the church of Christ must be, he writes, "I wish those who unsettle you would castrate themselves!" Wow! Tell us how you really feel, Paul! Yikes.
I found an article that suggests a three-point strategy when you feel like telling someone they should go and castrate themselves. Give it a try the next time you get mad at somebody.
Step1: I am angry because _________ shouldn’t be__________________.
Step2: I would prefer if __________________________________________.
Step 3: Here’s what I can do about it ____________________________________.
How do you think Paul would have filled in the blanks for these three statements?
Remember to take good care of yourself and others. Wash your hands. Wear a mask. Practice Social Distancing. Work for Justice. Advocate for the oppressed. Get lots of rest. Love your neighbor.