You’ve Missed Your Exit, Turn Around

You’ve Missed Your Exit, Turn Around

Sunday’s Readings

It is a well-known fact of human existence that we can be stubborn, hard-headed people—especially, when we feel uncomfortable.

But today’s Gospel isn’t just about discomfort, nor is it about wrongdoing or forgiveness. Instead, I invite us to consider the path of turning back around: the great, undisputed, U-Turn. U-Turns are often risky, sometimes frowned upon, because if you’re a driver, or have been in a car, they’re often done in the heat of the moment—you miss the GPS, make a wrong turn, and suddenly, you’re on some local road, embarrassed, because, more than likely, there are other drivers around watching you awkwardly make your way out.

If you’re like me, I will often frantically wave to other drivers, thanking them for their patience, and then sheepishly drive away after fixing my mistake.

You’ve Missed Your Exit, Turn Around

U-Turns are hard. It is hard to admit our mistakes. It’s hard to take ownership of the ways we’ve done harm, intentionally or unintentionally. It’s difficult to name our privileges and complicities in unjust systems and policies. It’s not easy to admit when we’ve failed our neighbors, our siblings, our beloveds in our lives.

But today, we are invited to consider the power of the U-Turn, to see that taking accountability, and taking steps to admit our mistakes, to go through each point of that U-Turn, even if it takes forever to do—that is what can ultimately lead to righteousness.

We’ve all made plenty of U-Turns in our commitments to justice. We’ve all failed, failed, and failed again. But it is not about failure—it is about what we do when we make those mistakes, when we fail to live up to the commitments or principles of love, mercy, and justice that we’re each called to. It is about what we do next—will we stay on our paths, or will we take the time, to work through our mistakes, to own up to them, to take each point of that turn, and to be better advocates for the beloved community we’re called to build?

For Reflection:

  • How have you made U-turns in your own work or vocation? In what ways has that process changed or transformed you? 
  • What new lessons are you learning about yourself in the process, especially when it comes to pursuing justice?
3 replies
  1. Dr. Eileen Quinn Knight
    Dr. Eileen Quinn Knight says:

    Making a u-turn clears the road for justice in a very specific way. Our u-teurn for the migrant population helps us to slow down and realize that it is the migrant population needs our assistance at this time. We are all migrants at different times in our lives so to stop turn and attend to the needs of the most vulnerable and in need of our help is what we need to do in the name of justice. May each guardian angel reach out with us to protect and guide them today.

  2. sonja
    sonja says:

    Making a Uturn reminds me of the migrants who left Ukraine because of the war and returned to the Ukraine after being in a western European country for a few months, because the people were so unfriendly and there was much more a sense of working together as a community in the Ukraine. It’s about sharing resources with each other.
    As Jesus said, Come follow me….

  3. Dr.Cajetan Coelho
    Dr.Cajetan Coelho says:

    U-Turns nourish and enrich our Wisdom Bank. Commitments or principles of love, mercy, and justice are vital for an ethically healthy worldbuilding.


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