Friday of 22nd Week of Ordinary C

Baptismal Grace Bespeaks Rejection of Sin

In today’s Gospel, the Pharisees and scribes said to Jesus, “The disciples of John the Baptist fast often and offer prayers, and the disciples of the Pharisees do the same; but yours eat and drink.” Jesus, the Son of God and God himself, sat at the same table and ate with them. In other words, in God’s eyes, they were all God’s children that he was happy to dine with them all at the same table. However, some were not happy such as the Pharisees and the scribes. Why?

Time after time, they criticized Jesus, judged him, accused him, stoned him, and even put him to death was just because of envy and jealousy. They was envious with Jesus’ disciples don’t often fast and pray just like the disciples of John the Baptist and the Pharisees. Was it just a story of more than two thousand years ago? No, it is a story of our time as well.

Through baptism, not only Catholics but other Christian Denominations as well, we are all brothers and sisters in Christ, but have we rejected sins. What are the sins? Perhaps, the sin of criticizing and judging others, the sin of the eyes, the sin of the flesh, the sin of speaking unkind words and delivering unkind deeds to one another, the sin of supporting abortion, same sex union, assisted suicide or called Death With Dignity, and many other sins. We all profess on our lips that we are Christians, the followers of Christ, but have we, through our baptism, willed to reject sins?

 

Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen


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