Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Pearls before swine, Golden Rule and the narrow road: Daily Mass Homily--Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

(Listen to this homily here).

            Jesus gives us some great parables about growing in holiness this morning.
            First, he tells us what not to do: “Do not give what is holy to dogs, or throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them underfoot, and turn and tear you to pieces.”  These are some powerful images, especially when considering that the pig was the most unclean animal for Jews. 
            What is holy, what are represented by the pearls—is the Good News we have all received.  It is the grace God has given us.  Jesus’ examples describe what happens when we sin.  Picture taking pearls—the grace of Christ—and throwing them in a pigsty.  Imagine the pigs trampling them in their own waste—and then attacking you!  Now that is a vivid image of sin!
            Jesus then tells us what we should do: “Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.”  The Golden Rule—simple as that.
            And how fitting is his last parable about the wide versus narrow road.  It would be easy to go with the flow in our society—to think only of myself, my needs, my desires, my wants.  Jesus calls us to be gifts of ourselves to others, to follow him in a countercultural way.
            Today may we not throw away the grace God has given us.  May we love our neighbor as ourself as we seek to follow the narrow path.

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