“…FOR OUT OF THE ABUNDANCE OF THE HEART HIS MOUTH SPEAKS” (Luke 6:45)

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

Sam 27:4-7; Ps. 92:2-3, 13-14, 15-16 (R.v.2a); 1 Cor 15:54-58; Luke 6:39-45

“…FOR OUT OF THE ABUNDANCE OF THE HEART HIS MOUTH SPEAKS” (Luke 6:45)

My dear, on this last Sunday before Lent, the liturgy, providentially instructs us on one important disposition we need to embrace at this time and beyond. That important disposition is self introspection. This is a time to look into our lives and try to find out those things that we need to separate ourselves from in order to become good and perfect Christians.

The gospel gives us an important warning to be our guide: we must resist the temptation of looking at others and evaluating their faults; ours would be enough for our consideration. Sometimes, our over-concentration on other people’s faults makes us ignore our own and so leaves them unattended to. What then happens is that we begin to decay inside with the accumulation of faults. The gospel ends with the further consequence of that: our words would become a reflection of what we have inside of us.

Can you now see why the first reading from the book of Sirach instructs us not to praise any man until we have heard him speak? We are our words; the way we talk reflects the stuffs we are made of.

At this point, it is important to note that our words do not necessarily mean only our spoken words but our general mode of communication. They include our speeches, writings, modes of dressing and even our general attitudes. All those add up to define who we are and how others are to relate with us. Beyond defining our relationship with others, they also point to our relationship with God.

So what are you made of? What have you been feeding yourself with? Have you ever had enough time to think about yourself and purge yourself of all that do not reflect Christ? This is another opportunity; this is another hour of grace. Are you going to make the best out of it?

St. Paul, in the second reading tells us the good news that awaits a well examined and disciplined life. For such a life, the sting of death is removed for ever by Christ’s own death and resurrection. That is the good news that we shall be celebrating throughout the Lenten season. Can you now put on your dancing shoes of personal conversion and join us to celebrate?

Let us pray: O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you and I detest all my sins because of your just punishments, but most of all because they offend you my God, who are all good and deserving all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasions of sin. Amen.

Have a lovely and blessed Sunday dear. Peace be with you.

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