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There's an old saying that defines character as "doing the right thing when no one is watching".
While that may be true, this week's Gospel teaches us that character is also about setting an example by doing the right thing in our daily lives. Caring for others. Respecting life. Protecting the earth.
Jesus spoke of being "in the world but not of the world". He tells us that it is not always easy. We have to be willing to stand up for what we believe in and speak the truth to a world that may not always accept it.
The good news is we are intimately loved, cared for and guided by God. Prayer, worship and spiritual reflection give us the strength of character to live with genuine love, joy and compassion as Jesus did.