Message: Lust, anger and equivocation have serious consequences...When we take our lives to the cross, we experience mercy and healing.
St. Paul says, "We speak God's wisdom, mysterious, hidden..." We see that hidden wisdom in today's Gospel. Jesus takes three evil acts - adultery, murder and perjury - and restates them in a radical way. In fact so radical that most of us would admit we have broken them. For sure, we would avoid adultery but who has not looked at another person with lust? Few have committed murder, but who has not despised some other person, calling him a fool? While not guilty of perjury who has never misled some other person?
We might ask what Jesus is doing here. For sure he is warning that evil acts begin in the heart, but there's more. He's unveiling radical evil: to treat another person as an object or to despise him. These bring deep and eternal separation.
Jesus is telling us that, contrary to what many think, lust, anger and equivocation have serious consequences. These failings are difficult to avoid, but there is a remedy. It comes by way of hidden wisdom. As St. Paul indicates, hidden wisdom is the cross. When we take our lives to the cross, we experience mercy and healing.
This weekend we have a special invitation to the cross - to mercy and healing. It's about marriage which for most people involves the greatest source of joy and satisfaction - but also the cross. At the end of Mass we will have the blessing of those with marriage anniversaries in February - and also renewal of matrimony vows. In my 45 years as a priest, I am convinced that marital success does not come from couples being perfect but from going to the fount of mercy and healing, going to the cross.
I invite all of us this weekend - married, engaged, single, widowed, child or senior - approach the hidden wisdom of the cross:
What eye has not seen, and ear has not heard, and what has not entered the human heart, what God has prepared for those who love him, this God has revealed to us through the Spirit. Amen
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