From the gospel for this coming Sunday
The question was posed to Jesus about eating meat that had been sacrificed to idols, and whether that would defile a person. Jesus responded:
“Listen and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles.”… what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this is what defiles. For out of the heart come evil intentions, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a person, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile.” Matthew 15: 10-20
In the Baptismal Covenant we are asked these questions:
Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?
Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?
Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human Being?
After each question we answer, “I will, with God’s help.”
As people of God and followers of Jesus, we are called to speak and to act in ways that reflect the love of God and to work for justice and peace every day, wherever we are. What we say and do makes a difference. Not always easy, especially in these challenging times — so it is good to remember that we do all these things with God’s help. Always.
Let us pray:
Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of his redeeming work, and to follow daily in the blessed steps of his most holy life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Peace and blessing,