Joel 1:13-15;2:1-2; Ps 9 The lord will judge the world with justice; Luke 11:15-26
This morning I have a few remarks made by former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt:
"A woman is like a tea bag. You never know how strong she is until she gets into hot water."
"You wouldn't worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do."
She was a feisty woman who didn't mind opening her mouth and putting it like it needed to be.
Jesus was also feisty. He didn't mind saying it as it was. He didn't censor his words to fit the people around him rather he invited the people around him to be transformed by his words.
Now this is a new twist certainly for us in our modern age. Everyone has a muzzle. No one wants to speak up. All are afraid to offend or worse they don't want to push their beliefs upon another.
How else do we evangelize?
It the words of Jesus today in the gospel, "Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters."
How's that for speaking it like it is? If you are not gathering than your scattering.
Which is it?