Wednesday 5th Week in Ordinary Time B 2022
Mark 7:14-23 https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/020922.cfm
IS THAT REALLY YOU?
After someone confesses their sins in confession, I sometimes ask them, “Is that you? Do those things you confessed make you happy? Do they make anyone else happy?” They always answer, “No.” Then I say, “Why do them?” Sin goes against us. It’s like wanting to go on a diet to lose weight, and we eat all the wrong foods. It’s like painting over a crack in the foundation of our house, hoping it will go away.
Jesus talks about what defiles a person. Eating the wrong foods over a period of time can defile our bodies. Sins, like “evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder,
adultery, greed, malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy” defile us. We turn into the sins we commit. We think and feel sinful. We wouldn’t eat a rotten piece of meat or fish. It would make us sick to the point we couldn’t be our best. It defiles our bodies. Sin defiles our whole person.
When I ask a child in confession, “Does that sin make you happy?” Their face says it all with a sad frown. But, their heart is speaking, and they are now in the Presence of the Lord. Their frown becomes a smile when in their heart they know they are not a bad person but a good person. I have seen Jesus wash adult’s sins away through the tears rolling down their cheeks.
Praise God! “God saw everything that he had made. Indeed, it was very good.”(Genesis 1:31). His goodness in us endures every sin we commit because His love for us never fails.
Make a good confession and put your heart into it.
IGNITE THE FIRE
Fr. Rick Pilger, ICwww.bscchurch.com