Today’s first reading could easily describe the current climate in our country. How many feel envy, rivalry, insults, evil suspicions, and mutual friction? How often do we hear insulting words about positions that we do not share? It is much easier to shame than it is to argue convincingly for the truth.
And yet this is contrary to the way in which Jesus gathered disciples. And thankfully Saint Paul outlines the types of things we should be pursuing. Pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness. This does, however, require trust, not in money, wealth or any other thing, but trust in a person, namely Jesus Christ.