Friday: October 23, 2020
Reference text: Luke 12:54-58
Luke 12:58 Make every effort to reconcile with your adversary while you are on your way to the magistrate. Otherwise, he may drag you off to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and the officer may throw you into prison.
Good defensive midfielders are lauded for the number of plays they break up as well the number of tackles and interceptions they make in a game. These plays are important to shutting oppositions out. The key to success in this position is thus timing- when to put a foot in, when to slide in, or even make a tactical foul just to break up play. Defensive midfielders are good architects of this.
In today’s Gospel, we read about journey to court, Jesus advised to cut the journey short with attempts to settle the matter before it reaches a judge. In the legal world, out of court settlements are possible in some cases. However, beyond just the legal dimension, we are invited to learn when to interrupt processes. The points to push pause or stop, before things get out of hand.
There are many moments when ears have been shut, situations when tempers flared. This consequently led to escalations of unwarranted proportions and things just slid out of control. There are often triggers that terminate a chain of events, warning signs that alert us to interrupt processes before they explode.
If we miss all the warning signs, we will only be met with danger signs, and that might be a step too late.