Looking to transform your company culture and change your future? It requires letting go of the obstacles to the future you want. The whole point is transformation which means leaving old ways behind in exchange for the greater good that lies ahead.
Welcome to the one hundred and twenty-ninth episode of By Your Life. Iâ€™m Lisa Huetteman and I know that you have a hundred different things you could be doing right now, so I thank you for choosing By Your Life.
My goal is to inspire, empower, support, challenge, and encourage you to connect Sunday, with Monday-Friday, in a secular business world. Itâ€™s my desire to help you live our Catholic faith in the marketplace. I hope to offer you practical ways to go forth and glorify the Lord by your life.
Holding onto Anger
In this edition, weâ€™ll reflect on the readings for theÂ Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Every Sunday, my husband, mother and I take lunch to my in-lawsâ€™ house and we spend a few hours with them talking and sharing a meal. This week, my father-in-law told a story about going to visit his mother. He hadnâ€™t seen her in many months and had driven over 10 hours with two kids in the car and the first words out of her mouth when he walked in the door were, â€śAlbert, can you go to the store and get me some bread?â€ť You could hear the irritation in his voice as he described that event that happened over 50 years ago. I jokingly said to him, â€śGrandpa, do you think it is time you let that go?â€ť He jokingly responded, â€śNo, I want to hold onto it!â€ť
All kidding aside, theÂ first readingÂ from the Book of Sirach and theÂ GospelÂ should be a warning to all of us who hold onto resentments. Sirach said, â€śWrath and anger are hateful things, yet the sinner hugs them tight.â€ť (Sir 27:30) Then, in theÂ Gospel, Jesus told the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant. If you are human, and you are reading this now, you must admit that there have been times youâ€™ve held onto anger way too long, despite the negative effects it had on you. But, if we are honest, what should concern us even more is that wicked, unforgiving servant who Jesus describes in the parable is us, the ones who have been forgiven, yet refuse to forgive. Why do we do this? Why do we cling to hateful things, refuse to forgive others, and allow ourselves to be consumed by anger?
In this edition, weâ€™ll reflect on the readings for theÂ Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time.Â (Cycle A) Each of us is a critic. Hundreds of times a day we mentally critique others, how they look, what they wear, how they drive, how they wear their mask, or not, how they complete a task, what they eat, say or do. Most of the time these thoughts are merely a matter of preference, (â€śI donâ€™t know how you can listen to that music.â€ť), or opinion, (â€śI donâ€™t think that is a good color on you.â€ť), or judgment, (â€śI think turning left here is faster than going straight.â€ť), or values, (â€śI wouldnâ€™t have done it that way because you left the most important thing unfinished.â€ť) In most of these cases, our criticism is best left unsaid. However, we sometimes face situations where we must judge the moral implications of another personâ€™s actions. What is the right thing to do in these situations? OurÂ readings this SundayÂ give us guidance.
We all have a little voice of God within. It is called our conscience. The question is, do we listen to God or to everyone else? In this weekâ€™s episode of By Your Life, we talk about the consequences of choosing who we listen to.