DEAR my friends, here is the Gospel for us today according to St. Mark 7:14-23
And he called the people to him again, and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand: there is nothing outside a man which by going into him can defile him; but the things which come out of a man are what defile him.” And when he had entered the house, and left the people, his disciples asked him about the parable. And he said to them, “Then are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a man from outside cannot defile him, since it enters, not his heart but his stomach, and so passes on?” (Thus he declared all foods clean.) And he said, “What comes out of a man is what defiles a man. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, fornication, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a man.”
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
According to Jesus Christ in the Gospel today, sin does not just happen from external forces. Sin comes from inside a person’s innermost being.
But we must not be afraid. As records in the Genesis in the case of Cain who became jealous of his brother Abel, God has warned him to guard his own heart, “Sin is couching at the door; it’s desire is for you, but you must master it”(Genesis 4:7). Unfortunately, Cain did not take God’s warning to heart. He allowed his jealousy to grow into spite and hatred for his brother, and he began to look for an opportunity to eliminate his brother all together.
We are able to reflect, then, when jealously and other sinful desires come knocking at the door of our hearts, how do we respond? Do we entertain them and allow them to overtake us?
Thanks to the Lord for he does not leave us alone in our struggle with hurtful desires and sinful tendencies. He gives us the grace and strength we need to resist and overcome sin when it couches at the door of our heart.
In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, we worship Jesus Christ the Lord who wants to set us free from the destructive force of sin and wrong-doing in our personal lives. He wants to purify our hearts and renew our minds so we can freely choose to love and do what is right, good, just, and wise.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, you are always ready to change and purify our hearts through the grace and help of the Holy Spirit who dwells within us. Fill us with your Holy Spirit and make our hearts as yours that we may freely choose to love what is good and to reject what is evil now and forever.