Wednesday, February 12 ~ Be Courageous Daily Reflection
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time |
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
We are a joyful community of disciples
the Good News and
all people to
the love and mercy of Jesus Christ.
Are we hypocrites?
"But what comes out of the man, that is what defiles him"
- Mark 7:16
In today’s Gospel, Jesus has another controversy with scribes and Pharisees. They’re hypocrites, Jesus says. The word means “an actor” whose actions belie one’s belief: a person who says one thing but does another. Hypocrites may proclaim “politically correct” intentions, but internally (in their hearts) they’re thinking immorally, e.g., greed, malice, unchastity, envy, arrogance. Jesus asks us: are we like the scribes and Pharisees?
Jesus invites us today to ask ourselves some tough questions. If we had one last message for the handful of people most important to us, what would it be in twenty-five words or less? Of all the things we have done in life, what makes us happiest to remember? What would we most want to undo? If this were the last day of our life, what would we do? To answer questions like these is to sense not only who we really are, but the way we are becoming, and where we can improve.
How can I become the best version of myself?
God, grace me that I may be my best self today and always.
Fr. Kevin E. Mackin, OFM
, is parochial vicar at St. Raphael Catholic Church. He served as a college professor and president of two colleges and a graduate theological seminary. He has published numerous articles and books including
A Spirituality for Sunday People,
Integrity: Living God's Word, Enjoying God's Gifts, Get Thee Behind Me, Satan: Rejecting Evil.
Courageously Living the Gospel
This Scripture Reflection is published by the Office of Communications, Diocese of St. Petersburg.
on Wednesday, February 12 at 9:00AM