May 11, Saturday Easter Weekday
God is king of all the earth. — Psalm 47:8
Mass Readings: Acts 18:23-28/John 16:23b-28
Carefronting is a term coined by David Augsburg some 40 years ago; but this concept was practiced by a Christian couple in Corinth almost 2,000 years ago! Carefronting — a combination of caring and confronting — is exemplified to perfection by Priscilla and Aquila in today’s first reading. Truth matters. When this couple recognized the gaps in Apollos’ preaching, they knew they had to speak up. This surely took courage because Apollos was a speaker of no mean repute; it also presupposes that they were knowledgeable about the Faith. Love matters. Priscilla and Aquila didn’t embarrass the preacher with a public challenge, but tactfully took him aside to explain matters in private.
Carefronting balances daring to tell the truth with caring for the individual, and fulfils Paul’s exhortation to “speak the truth, each one to his neighbor” (Eph 4:25).
Prayer: Gentle Jesus, help me to be both daring and caring in speaking Your truth.
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