In the 1987 movie, “Moonstruck,” Olympia Dukakis portrays Rose Castarini. She lives with her husband, Cosmo, and daughter Loretta. As she helps her daughter sort through her romantic problems, she becomes aware that her husband is unfaithful to her. One night, while he is with his lover, she goes out for dinner alone. At the restaurant she meets a lonely man. He is taken with her and wants to begin an adulterous affair. Even though her husband has hurt her, she does not act out against her husband. She looks the man in the eye and kindly says, “No. I won’t do that because I know who I am.”
“I know who I am.” That statement is at the heart of the scripture lesson today. Even though unpleasant things are taking place right in front of us, can we hold onto our personal dignity?
On the evening news, when differences are presented, it seems as though everyone is ready to strike back. That posture only escalates the situation and things become worse.