Homily (Reflection) for Wednesday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time (I) (8th February, 2017) on the Gospel
(Saint Jerome Emiliani, Saint Josephine Bakhita, V., Opt. Mems)
Gen 2:4-9.15-17;Ps 103:1-2.27-30. (R. v.1);
Topic: Where the defiler is.
Jesus said to the crowd, “Listen to me, all of you, and understand: there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile.” He explained this to His disciples in these words,
It is what comes out of a person that defiles. For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder, adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.
We recall that the Pharisees and some of the scribes from Jerusalem in yesterday’s gospel frowned at what Jesus’ disciples did because they were very much concerned about the tradition of the elders Mk 7:1-5. However, Jesus stressed in today’s gospel where we ought to focus our attention, the self. Regrettably, many rarely focus on themselves because of their belief that everything evil comes from the outside, cf. Lk 6:42.
Dear friends, the defiler (the trouble) is within. It is necessary to be mindful of our thoughts, words, actions, and inactions. This is because God knows everyone of us very well, cf. Ps 139:1. And every person must stand and give account of his/her life to God, cf. Rom 14:10.
Bible Reading: Lk 6:37-42.
Thought for today: The problem is within.
Let us pray: Lord, give us your grace that will help us remove everything that defiles – Amen.
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