Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Daily Mass Homily: Tuesday, November 20th, 2012
We might think that one of the greatest sins in our society comes from those who hate the Church or any sort of faith. Actually, the greatest sin in our society is apathy or indifference to faith or the Church. As Jesus says in the book of Revelation, “I know your works; I know that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.”
Many of the greatest saints—those who were cold and hostile to the Church—became the greatest saints—on fire with God’s love. Think of Saul, who persecuted and possibly killed Christians or St. Augustine who for many years was vehemently against a Christian worldview.
Today we hear of Zacchaeus, who was a tax collector in one of the most hated professions of his time. He stole from the poor to give to the rich. Yet Zacchaeus was not indifferent. As he experienced the Lord, he, too, was set on fire and paid back his debt fourfold.
We are called to be on fire for our faith and our Church. We should always avoid being indifferent. People will note how we Christians live and, please God, may the witness of our lives inspire people to leave apathy behind and become on fire for Jesus and His Church.