Monday, November 7, 2011

self love



In today's Gospel reading, Jesus lists some of the nasty things that people can do: evil intentions, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander. Combine these with his words earlier in the passage about honouring your father and mother and you pretty much have all of that part of the ten commandments that deal with the wrongs we can do to other people. Jesus says that they come from within, from the heart. And they defile us. The wrongs that one does to anothers damage the one who does them also. 

The potential for evil exists within us ... and if it is unchecked, it will destroy us. Something to remember the next time you are indulging yourself in something that you know is wrong but excusing or comforting yourself with the notion that you aren't hurting anybody.

Yes you are. If nobody else, you are hurting yourself.

And I find it difficult to believe that the hardening of the heart needed to allow one to do what one knows to be wrong will not spill over into ones relations with others. This failure to show true love for oneself will result in failing to show love for others.

So pray for strength. Jesus called the ones who didn't focus on the evil that comes from within 'blind guides.' Pray for the grace to accept the guidance of the One who sees most clearly of all. Amen.

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