3rd Sunday of the Year (C) 2019

A man stopped at a wayside petrol station to fill up. He asked the attendant what the people were like in the next village. In reply the attendant asked him what the people were like in the last village he was in. They were very kind, polite and helpful he said. Well the attendant told him that he would find the people in the next village to be the very same.
A little later another man also stopped for petrol and asked the very same question. How did you find the people in the last village to be like? Asked the attendant. They were surly, rude and unhelpful the man replied. Well then you will find the people in the next village to be the very same said the attendant.
There is a very important truth here.
We are aware that if you want something it is very important to send the right person to ask. If you want to initiate some project or some changes it is very important to send the right person to introduce it.
If I approach a person with respect and kindness I will almost always be received with respect and kindness.
If I approach a person in a truculent, demanding, disrespectful, abrupt way I will almost always be received in a like manner.
We often call this ‘having an attitude.’
In the Seminary we were required to do an examination of conscience for 15 minutes each day.
Examination of conscience from time to time can, over the years, be educational and throw some light on the source of marital, family, neighbourhood and personal problems.
One of the great benefits of frequent examination of conscience (that is self examination as to ones faults, motives and prejudices etc.) is that gradually one begins to understand one’s limitations, prejudices, blind spots, refusal to accept ones proper share of blame etc. One grows in self knowledge and self understanding. Such knowledge can be painful and hard to swallow.
I might find that I carry my problems around with me wherever I go and that can be a heavy burden.
Jesus has said; “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.”
To do this I must recognise and accept that I do carry a burden around with me. And that is where frequent examination of conscience comes in.
It s recognising truth about myself and my actions and accepting it.
It is also called humility.