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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

What are your prejudices? How is this preventing you from receiving blessings and from being a channel of blessings to others? - Daily Bible Reflections September 27, 2016


PREJUDICE
 
“Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to consume them?” But Jesus turned and rebuked them. – Luke 9:54-55
 
       After the death of King Solomon, the kingdom of Israel was split into two parts, Judah in the south, and Samaria in the north. The two kingdoms were often in disagreement. The northern kings loved their pagan idols and were constantly at odds with Jerusalem. When the Assyrians conquered Samaria, some Samaritans remained in their homeland and intermarried with the pagan settlers. When the Babylonians allowed the Judeans to return to their homeland, some sources say that the Samaritans offered to help rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem, but were rudely refused because of their pagan impurity. Other sources say the Samaritans were the ones who refused to help their brothers of Judah to rebuild. Sadly, disagreements, wars, differences in worship, and miscommunication resulted in the simmering hatred that divided the people of Israel that were once brothers.
       Can you see similarities between the first century Jewish-Samaritan problem and cultural and religious conflicts we face today in our family, churches, community, country and nations? Can you hear Jesus rebuking you? Meann Tee (meanntytee@yahoo.com)
 
Reflection: What are your prejudices? How is this preventing you from receiving blessings and from being a channel of blessings to others?
 
Father, please remove my prejudices. Help me accept and love people who may have different beliefs, values and convictions to promote true and lasting peace and unity. Amen.
 
St. Vincent de Paul, priest, pray for us.
 



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