Rev. Anthony Giamello
Pastor, St. John the Apostle/St. Bernadette
In describing Adam and Eve’s first sin, disobedience, this past Sunday’s first reading, taken from Genesis, explains the beginning of evil in the world with its destructive results. The loving relationship joining man to God is destroyed, and the relationship of mutual love between Adam and Eve is weakened. Their default to a “blame game” allowed each to avoid taking personal responsibility for their joint choice. In the second reading, Paul declares to the Corinthians that the many adversities of his missionary work were God’s plan for his spiritual growth; his sufferings, offered with Jesus for the Salvation of the world, would result in a glorious reward for him and for all believers who did the same. Sunday’s Gospel passage revealed how Jesus himself was misunderstood by his own relatives and was criticized, slandered and rejected by the Sanhedrin-led scribes and Pharisees. His sufferings for us and his offer of healing, strength and forgiveness give us courage, so that we can do as he did when we face unfair treatment and criticism in our lives.
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