Monday, September 24, 2012
Daily Mass Homily: Monday, September 24th
Our first reading summarizes well a basic belief of the Israelites in Old Testament times: “The curse of the LORD is on the house of the wicked, but the dwelling of the just he blesses…” They believed that fidelity to God would result in blessings and these include victory in war and conquering lands. On the other hand, they also saw defeat and tragedy as a result of their infidelity.
Sometimes this can be confusing for us who live after the coming of Christ. We may read Old Testament stories of violence and pillage and be confused how an all good God could instruct such evil. Yet at the heart of such Old Testament accounts is an imbedded truth that still holds today: fidelity to God results in blessings and infidelity results in death.
As Christians, our blessings do not come in military victory but in grace, forgiveness, and growth in virtue. Infidelity to God results in disorder and eventually death because “the wages of sin is death”. Let’s put into action this teaching today.