Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Visuals for sin from a violent reading: Daily Mass Homily--Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

            The first reading from 1 Kings is a classic, “What on earth do I preach about?” passage.  It is violent, graphic and disturbing.  We may be inclined to ask, “How is this the Word of God?”
            Yet indeed it is, and passages like this have their place in the canon of Scripture.
            One way to see relevance of this particular passage in our lives is to have it in mind with respect to sin.  Ahab and Jezebel’s demise was prophesied by Elijah on account of their sin and injustice towards Naboth (whose vineyard they acquired after having him murdered).  Use some of the words from this passage to picture what sin does to your soul: devour, cut off, evil, blood, destroy.  I agree this is neither pretty nor easy, but having visuals in mind of the consequences of sin can help us reject it.
            And when we do sin (which we will), we need not despair.  Even though sin devours our soul or cuts into our relationship with God, He remains faithful and always ready to repair the breach again.

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