Truth and love in time of conflict

Homily for the fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)

Today’s readings are not for the conflict-averse.  Today’s world is not for the conflict-averse, either.  Within our communities and families, we experience conflict over vaccines and politics.  Irresponsible political and media actors seem intent on increasing racial conflict.  In the Ukraine, armed conflict threatens.  But, as even the Bible demonstrates, the world has never been a conflict-free zone.

         Conflict is a part of the human reality Jesus entered into.  Conflict is not always bad, either. Political conflicts between big states and small states produced the checks-and-balances of the American Constitution.  Theological conflict has led to doctrines that give us deeper insight into the nature of God.  We wouldn’t have a Creed if there hadn’t first been disagreements about the Trinity. The fact that sometimes we disagree doesn’t make us bad Christians.

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