How to build bridges instead of barriers

Fr. Ron reflects on today’s First Reading from Numbers. The leader fears the Israelites because they are different. He fears the unknown. He sends Balaam to deal with them, but Balaam is religious. He doesn’t fear them, but rather wants to get to know them so he turns to God to get Wisdom about the Israelites. He sees the beauty and learns from them. He calls down God’s blessing upon them.

Fr. Ron reminds us that we can learn a lot from this. Our tendency can be to fear and separate ourselves from those that are you not like us, but we need to build bridges instead of barriers. We need to take the time to see the goodness in them which can help to increase our spirituality.

Nm 24:2-7, 15-17a;
Ps 25:4-5ab, 6 and 7bc, 8-9;
Mt 21:23-27

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