The Lord Jesus challenges the widely held belief that impurity comes not from outside influences but rather from the inside (Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23). How often we still hear the phrase, “the devil made me do it.” Not that one should ever discount the presence and influence of the Evil One, but the tendency to shrug off blame “outside of our self” for the choices we have made are not helpful to our spiritual growth or psychological health. While there is a certain amount of manipulation from outside that is a part of each of our lives, hardly any of us are simply puppets in a marionette show!
While a parent might like that the first words that a baby might learn be “mama” or “papa,” it clearly seems that the first word one learns is “no!” Reaching outside of themselves, a baby soon learns that this restrictive word, used by a parent for protection, limits the boundaries of the world in which they live. Many adults still find the word “no” a challenge to their freedom.
As we begin the home-stretch of the Gospel of Saint Mark, may we say “yes” to the Lord Jesus! As we partake of him who is God’s Word made Flesh, we realize that He alone is our salvation and freedom (Psalm 62).
The Second Collection today is for our Ugandan Mission administered by Father Ponce. I thank you so much for your kindness and generosity. The presence of Blessed Sacrament in Kambaala is a visible “outward sign” of our concern and commitment to bring healing, spirit and life.
Lastly, best wishes to Father Ponce who has been with us for the past seven weeks. It was so wonderful to share his company and friendship once again at Blessed Sacrament. We already miss him and look forward to his return to Clermont very soon! Our love and prayers are with him as he returns to Uganda!
May the week ahead be filled with countless graces and blessings!