Beset Not The Just One

4 Apr

The wicked said among themselves, 
thinking not aright:
“Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us;
he sets himself against our doings.”  (Wis 2:1a,12a)

When we were young, there was a group of people whom we rather despised:  the “goody two-shoes” or the “teacher’s pets”.

If we would have been asked, and if we would have been totally honest about it, we would have admitted that the main reason that we did not like them so much was because they made our actions look bad or wrong.  But, quite frankly, our actions were bad or wrong!

However, instead of modifying our own actions and becoming better people, we often went after those people and tried to make them look bad.  That way, they would have to suffer along with us.

That behavior seems to be a part of our human nature.  It did not appear overnight, either.  Today, we hear about that same behavior in our reading from the Old Testament’s Book of Wisdom:  “Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us.”

Hey.  Instead of besetting the just one, why don’t we do what we need to do to modify our lives and be the people that God wants us to be?

FAITH ACTION:  There are good people in our lives whom we may have ignored because their example humbles us too much.  Take a moment to thank them for their example.

Remember the Fridays of Lent are Days of Abstinence