It is 6th February 2019. We celebrate the memorial of Saints Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs. The readings are from Hebrews 12:4-7, 11-15; and the Gospel from Mark 6:1-6. We are living in a society where no one wants to be corrected. Corrections have become a burden and a direct interference in someone’s life than helping and leading others. In today’s context, any leader who overlooks and puts things under the carpet of lies seems to be doing well than one who smells the aroma in the human behaviour. If anyone dares to correct, the hidden judge from the social media exposes them, exaggerates them and destroys the one who corrects the other. Most of our leaders are afraid of correcting the others today just because of fear of being exposed and dragged unnecessarily into the muds of uncharitable and inhuman ill-treatments. When moral integrity is lost in a leadership, people do not follow him or her anymore. Even if you give a fair evaluation of a someone, you are presented as the abnormal and the villain and eventually the person who has done wrong is portrayed as the victim. The world has made the corrective process so complicated and looking for the exaggerated psychological and sociological theoretical defences to justify not to correct at all. But the first reading wants us to believe and accept that God corrects us because God loves us so much. The responsorial Psalm praises, “The Lord’s kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.” (Ps.102:17). The Gospel points out the lack of faith of the people of the town in which Jesus comes from. We cannot accept Jesus as the Son of God unless until we are free from sins, racial, familial prejudices and underestimations. More we become familiar with the divine, less we have the respect and reverence to the same. We can live a holy as long as we have the spiritual courage to deal with sin and selfishness in us and to have the moral integrity to point out the mistakes in others. May you have a good day.

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