One-Minute Reflection: Mark 7:20 (30 Days of Prayer for Unity #20)

“And he said: “What comes out of a man is what defiles a man” (Mark 7:20-RSV)


Social media’s insidious nature is the impression of safety—the entitlement to say anything without regard to unity.

Many decent hearts become stubborn and go astray in the realm of social media (cf Psalm 95:8-10), trading wisdom and unity for pride and “likes.” 

Today’s Intention: Lord, give us the wisdom to pray before we post, to reflect on the impact on our soul, others, and unity. 

Peace and Goodness

My Dad and the Canaanite Woman

Years ago during a job interview something unexpected happened, I began to cry. Yeah, I cried during a job interview. What caused such a moment? Talking about my Dad.

The moment unfolded while discussing role models. My father has always been my first role model. He taught me how to be a good Christian, husband and father. He taught me that to die for God and family was more important than to live for myself.

During the interview, I was mentioning when my father sold our family car so we can have clothes for school. Since then, my Dad has been my hero. I guess crying during the job interview was the most public way to thank him for all his sacrifices.

You may wonder why I am mentioning this story. Today, while listening to Fr. Barron’s homily on the Canaanite women’s faith (Matthew 15:21-28), tears began to flow as I reflected on this woman’s love for her daughter. Like my father, the Canaanite woman understood that having faith is more important that pride. That to place our family first is more important than ourselves. To me that is the message of today’s gospel; a the lesson my Dad has taught me all my life.

By the way, I did not get the job, but I became a better man!

 — God, I give my heart to you this day; may you will it to please you.–

Temptations to Sin

“If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed than with two hands to go into Gehenna, into the unquenchable fire.” ~ Mark 9:43

In today’s Gospel (Mark 9:41-50), Jesus continues his conversation with the disciples; this time the teaching is about the temptations to sin and the drastic measure we must take to rid ourselves of it.

I am glad we don’t take this literately, because Jesus’ point is that we must work to get rid of any sin that has become like a hand, attached to us. He was referring not just to objects, those in themselves are harmless; He was referring to those we hold in our heart: pride, covetousness, lust, anger, gluttony, envy, and sloth. These are the root of evil in the world. When we hold on to them in our hearts, they become our masters; providing us with the false sense of wealth. “Rely not on your wealth; say not: ‘I have the power.’ Rely not on your strength in following the desires of your heart. Say not: ‘Who can prevail against me?’ or, ‘Who will subdue me for my deeds? for God will surely exact the punishment.’ ” (Sirach 5:1-3)

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