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Today's Gospel: Mark 6:7-13
Whenever I read today's Gospel, I'm always struck by Jesus' instructions for how His disciples are to react to rejection. "Leave there and shake the dust off your feet" sounds simple and straightforward, but I think it's easier said than done, especially in the age of social media.
Each and every time I have gotten into an argument about religion on the internet, I have not walked away soon enough. Instead, I've tried to win, thinking that just one more carefully constructed sentence, or one more link to a great Catholic resource, is going to open the eyes of my Facebook friend. When these things don't work, I take it personally and begin to feel frustrated that my friend is refusing to hear what I'm so desperate for him or her to understand. What I forget in these moments is that these conversations - on the internet and elsewhere - are never about me. Jesus calls all of us to speak the truth of the Gospel out of our love for Him, not so we can win arguments on social media.
We may never know how our witness will impact someone days, weeks, or months later, but in the moment, we are to speak the truth, and then move on to the next encounter, leaving Jesus to handle the rest. When we learn to shake off the rejections from people who are not receptive to hearing about the faith, we leave ourselves in a better position to speak the truth in love to the next person we meet who does not yet know Christ.
Do I allow a desire to win arguments to get in my way of witnessing to the truth of the Gospel?
Dear Lord, help me to be a witness to others of Your love and mercy. Grant that I may endure rejection without becoming discouraged.
Copyright 2022 Katie Fitzgerald
About the Author
Katie Fitzgerald is a former children's librarian turned stay-at-home, homeschooling mom. She and her librarian husband live in Maryland with their five children, the youngest of whom are boy/girl twins. She has published two textbooks for librarians, and she writes about homeschooling, books and the reading life from a Catholic perspective at ReadAtHomeMom.com and on Instagram @read.at.home.mom.