#mymasstakeaway 23rd Sunday in ordinary time

Today’s the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Find the Mass Readings here: 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 10, 2017

My takeaway:

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#mymasstakeaway "When the truth is spoken an invitation is given." . I don't like to be corrected. I'm proud and want others to think well of me. Correction makes me feel defensive, and like I've let myself down. . I don't like when the ugly truth about myself stares me in the face. I know I need to work hard to let the Holy Spirit in, to seek improvement, to pursue holiness. . I have to battle the prideful instinct to feel under attack. . And I have to try to remember the hurt I feel myself when I endeavor to correct others. . I have to strive to reach out with invitation, not with reproach. I need to correct with love. I must try to find common ground first. Identify truths that we agree on and use that to establish connection. . Then I must proceed with love and compassion. I must do my best to understand where the other person is coming from. Are they speaking from hurt? Have they been raised with a different religious upbringing? . And I must try to remember that all I can do is share my own experience, my own understanding, and invite others to see the beauty and goodness of the truth. . Then it's all up to God. I can't force anyone to believe the truth, to agree with me, or to seek change. . Today let's pray for the grace to give and receive correction charitably. . Lord please humble us to desire to become the best version of ourselves we can be. To seek holiness and perfection wholeheartedly. To accept correction meekly and with gratitude. And if we ever need to correct our brothers and sisters, give us gentleness and charity. Help us present the truth with love and kindness. Open our lips to speak the words they need to great, and open their heaters to receive Your truth. . Amen. . #mysundaybest with @rosiehill425

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I want to know your Mass takeaway too! Comment with your thoughts on the readings, your pastor’s homily, or anything that struck you during your time at Mass.

3 thoughts on “#mymasstakeaway 23rd Sunday in ordinary time

  1. I go to different denomination. My takeaway is that if I am in God’s timing all will go perfectly. This relates to being corrected because often I will do things in my time which usually doesn’t work out to good.

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    • It’s so true, when we try to take control, things can get ugly. Thanks for the reminder to trust in God’s timing! p.s. I’m so glad you shared your viewpoint from a different denomination. We’re all members of the Body of Christ, and it’s powerful and important for us to stand together in the Truth.

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      • I agree. I used to be catholic and I respect a lot of what the church had done and says. I especially like St. Francis and people like mother theresa.

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