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It would be very neat if life could be put into clear cut categories.

When the Pharisees wanted to trick Jesus, they asked Him if it was right to pay taxes to the Romans.  They wanted a yes or no answer.

Of course, they intended to trick Jesus.  If He said pay your taxes to the occupying power (Rome) the Jewish people would have turned against Him.  If He said do not pay your taxes, the Romans would have arrested Him!

Jesus’ answer was to ask them to produce a coin.  Then He asked them to tell Him whose image was on the coin.  They said ‘Caesar’, to which He replied, ’give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.

So much of life cannot be put into neat categories.  Does this mean that we cannot know reality?  Of course not!  We certainly can know reality.  However, we can never exhaust learning more about reality.

An important aspect of life is to learn from past mistakes.  We need to acknowledge past mistakes.

Confession or Reconciliation is a wonderful and blessed way of acknowledging past sins, past mistakes.  Some restitution of justice, by means of apology, or in some other appropriate way, is also important.  However, it is also important to move on and not get stuck in the past!!

So, the past is important, so is the present and the future.

We live in the present, but the present impacts on the future.  So much of the future is unknown.  Yet there are some things about the future that will be determined by my actions now.

There are some who do not wish to make decisions, maybe out of fear because of the consequences of the decisions, or maybe because of a touch or more of laziness, since change requires work, or some other reasons.

There are some who act out of relativism which professes that one decision or belief is just as valid  as another.

While we respect the right of others to make decisions and have beliefs, it does not mean that I have to agree with their beliefs.

Yes, we can know reality, but it is good to remember we are always learning.  It is valid to have some core beliefs, in fact very important to do if we are to be wholesome, ethical and integral human beings.  However, wise people who want to be even more deeply in touch with reality and perennial (i.e. truths ever true) truths, know the need for continued openness to mystery.  We never exhaust mystery.  If we did, we would be God!

Constant and respectful dialogue between paradoxical or apparently different positions will often, if not always, result in greater harmony, more justice, and wholesome living.  Living with paradoxes can leave us open to deeper insights into mystery.


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