Tuesday, October 14, 2014

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." - This sentence alone would save mankind if all books and prophets were lost

“God bestows more consideration on the purity of the intention with which our actions are performed than on the actions themselves.” -- Saint Augustine

Gospel Text: (LK 11:37-41)
After Jesus had spoken,
a Pharisee invited him to dine at his home.
He entered and reclined at table to eat.
The Pharisee was amazed to see
that he did not observe the prescribed washing before the meal.
The Lord said to him, “Oh you Pharisees!
Although you cleanse the outside of the cup and the dish,
inside you are filled with plunder and evil.
You fools!
Did not the maker of the outside also make the inside?
But as to what is within, give alms,
and behold, everything will be clean for you.”

The Gospel today shows us that the Lord was basically uninterested in what “people might say” or in what may be considered “politically correct” behavior. These are not criteria on which Christians should base their decisions. Jesus clearly condemns double morality, which seeks convenience or deception.

«So then, you Pharisees, you clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside yourselves you are full of greed and evil. Fools!» (Lk 11:39).

God's word, as usual, questions us about customs and habits of our daily life. When we end up converting trivia things into “values” to disguise our sins of arrogance, selfishness and conceit, while attempting to “globalize” morals with political correction in order to avoid being out of tune or being marginalized a heavy price is to be paid in terms of the soiling of our own souls. If we are interested in being witnesses for Christ, we must know that the truth will always shine through. This is our mission amidst the men and women we share our lives with while trying to keep our souls clean after the model of man God has revealed to us in Christ. The cleanliness of spirit goes far beyond any social forms and if we ever have any doubts let us remember that blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see the face of God.

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