This graphic is on the Facebook group: Spiritual Lives Of Women Ignatius Spirituality for Moms
If you went to Mass or read the readings for this morning you would have heard how Paul and Peter went at it tooth and nail.
This scripture is an excellent one for us to pick about a form of discernment: think before you speak.
We can look at this graphic and see where Paul and Peter could have be a bit more gentle and therefore Christlike with each other.
1. Was is it true: “The Spirit had clearly led Peter to preach to Gentiles in Caesarea (Acts 10). But later, in Antioch, Peter had given in to pressure from separatists who didn’t think Jews should eat with Gentiles. Because Peter was the head apostle, his behavior scandalized many.” (1)
Paul reacted swiftly.
2. Was it helpful: Paul was trying to clarify Peter’s teaching, to set the record straight, clear up confusion; so yes it was helpful.
3. Was it necessary: Yes
4. Was it kind: Now here is the rub, Paul takes Peter to task in front of everyone. Paul has always been a bit of a hot head, not thinking before he speaks. Peter must have felt very small, very vulnerable, open/exposed. It is not the best way to deal with something like this. Jesus had taught in Matthew 18: 15-17: “If you … remember that your brother has something against you …, go and be reconciled,” and “If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you.”
The most important thing in recognizing that we may have disagreements is that you bring with you a sense of peace and respect. We all make mistakes and even with our children we can say we are sorry for hurting them. It will be one of the many proud mothering moments you will have, one your child will remember and use all his/her life.