In the Gospel today, we hear Jesus say about Nathaniel "there is no duplicity in him." While we would like to say the same about ourselves, it is not always true.
Today's first reading is about the simple commandment love one another. It is very easy for us to see the many simple ways when we can fail that commandment. Rather than focus on the failure, perhaps it is better to focus on how we can succeed.
David Brooks wrote a very worthwhile column on, what could seem to be a passé topic, manners and I provide the link here.