Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Daily Mass Homily: Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

            In our busy American culture, we can often fall into the trap of spending a lot of time making it look like we have it all together.  Whether we are in school studying, working, raising kids or other activities we try to put on our best face for others to see and notice.
            This in itself is not a bad thing, but if it is the primary focus of our lives—simply looking good—Jesus tells us, “You fools.”  The Pharisees were concerned about ensuring the cleanliness of the outside of the dish—the part of the dish that people see.  While the outside was sparkling clean, the inside of the same dish was neglected and dirty.
            St. Paul writes in his letter to the Galatians, “For freedom Christ has set you free.”  What is it that enslaves us?  What sin or habit soils our inside to prevent the whole dish from being cleansed?
            This isn’t always easy to consider, but such discernment is truly refreshing.  When we note the ways our soul needs to be cleansed it actually can be.  Simply take these sins and bad habits to a priest in Confession and Jesus will do the rest.

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