Friday of 10th Week of OT C

The Sin of Our Eye, Our Thought, or Our Action?

Continuation of the teaching yesterday, the Lord Jesus today teaching on the sin of committing adultery. Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said, you shall not commit adultery. But I said to you, everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” It seems that the sin of adultery is not only about the act of adultery, but just the look at a woman with a lustful thought, one already committed adultery. So, it seems like the eye that causes us to sin. If then that is the case, the Lord Jesus said, “tear it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one of your members than to have your whole body thrown into Gehenna.” The question then, have we had courage and strength to tear it off when it causes us to sin? How would we avoid our eye causing us to sin? If we don’t want to tear our eye off when it causes us to sin, then it’s better not to cause our eye to sin by avoiding engaging into looking at the inappropriate materials.

Msgr. Roncalli, now Saint Pope John XXIII, once was invited to a reception in Paris. He was seated next to a woman who dressed in a very immodest low-cut gown. He was very uncomfortable at the whole reception that he pretended that he didn’t see her the whole time. At the end of the reception, he handed her an apple. She was pleased and wondered what was it for? He stared at her for a few moments and replied, “After Eve ate the apple, she learned that she was naked.”

Lord, help us to recognize the gift of life, the gift of sexuality, and the gift of fresh air that we breath in each moment of our life so to learn respect one another as the image and likeness of God. Help us to take our eyes off from temptations and call on the Lord Jesus Christ at the moment of temptation.

 

Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen


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