for Sunday, September 2, 2012
Truly we are all like the people in the Gospel of Mark today: From within
people, from their hearts, come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder,
adultery, greed, malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy,
arrogance, folly. All these evils come from within and they defile.
Also in our hearts we encounter a love for God and a desire to live
according to His way. God Himself has put that desire there. Thus our
human life becomes a struggle to live for God and in God. We donít always
win the struggles, but with Godís help we can remain faithful in the
We are also like the people in Letter of James: Religion that is pure and
undefiled before God and the Father is this: to care for orphans and
widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world. All
of us can recognize when there is truly charity and love. When we see
others doing wonderful works of mercy and love, we recognize that this is
of God. We are challenged to begin to live that same way in our lives.
The reading from Deuteronomy today challenges us also: For what great
nation is there that has gods so close to it as the Lord, our God, is to us
whenever we call upon him?
There is no God like our God, who has sent His only Son in our human flesh
to redeem us and who daily gives us His Holy Spirit to guide us in truth
and to help us seek to respond to our Father.
The readings today are an encourage and an invitation to live more deeply
our life of faith. Let us listen to our hearts, where we encounter the
living God. Let us remain faithful to this God who loves us in Christ
Jesus. Let us live the spiritual combat every day of our lives. In that
combat, we must fight against all that would make less our relationship
My sisters and brothers, let us commit ourselves to loving our God and to
expressing that love by our works of charity and mercy.
Readings of the day:
First Reading: Deuteronomy 4.1-2, 6-8
Second Reading: James 1.17-18, 21-22, 27
Gospel: Mark 7.1-8, 14-15, 21-23
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