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Friday, August 1, 2014

Memorial of Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

“He came to his native place and taught the people in their synagogue. They were astonished and said, ‘Where did this man get such wisdom and mighty deeds? Is he not the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother named Mary and his brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas? Are not his sisters all with us? Where did this man get all this?’”(Matthew 13:54-58)


Have you ever felt judged on your circumstances or solely on external facts? According to today’s reading, we are not alone. Even Jesus was judged. Because He was a simple man, the son of a carpenter, His great teachings were questioned, and many people did not have faith in His words. If he had been from an affluent family do you think they would have doubted him?

About a year ago I participated in a work place assessment, which is an evaluation of work styles and how to connect effectively with others in our work environment. It was an eye-opening experience for me to hear how I was perceived by the other three work styles. Now that I am knowledgeable about the different work styles, I understand my coworkers work preferences and priorities. Probably the most valuable lesson I learned is that it takes ALL work styles to have the most productive work place … not just the one I am classified in!!

Maybe the people in Jesus’ native land would have been less skeptical of Him and embraced His teachings more if they could have taken this assessment.


Heavenly Father,

as we go about our busy lives

help us to have an open mind and understanding

of those we encounter.

Remind us to focus on our own lives and improving ourselves

so we will be less judgmental of others.

In Your Name we pray.

Amen.


Diana Ferguson
Executive Assistant, Avera

JEREMIAH 26:1-9 • PSALM 69:5, 8-10, 14 • MATTHEW 13:54-58

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