Thought for the Day – 23 December – The Memorial of St John of Kanty (1390-1473)
Sweetness of disposition wins more people than a sharp mind and roughness.
Every human being is worthy of respect, even if his opinions are false and his attitudes wrong.
We may be right in our opinions but we are wrong if we defend those opinions in an unkind and uncharitable way.
Nevertheless, there is one truth, not many – blue is blue and not black – where our kind disposition and words fail to convince another of the truth and we meet violent roughness, we do as we are taught “shake the dust from your feet” (Luke 9:5).
In Christ’s words is a warning: the act of “shaking off the dust from one’s feet” is an act of “testimony against” those who reject the Gospel. At the time of Judgment, we will stand before Christ and be judged by the testimony of how we lived our lives. The testimony of our lives, how we loved or did not love, will either be a testimony in our favour, or a testimony against us.
St John of Kanty, pray for us!