“Avoiding any harbouring of evil in our hearts; instead, enthroning the Divine Mercy of the Lord in our hearts!”
(Based on Amos 7:10-17 and Mt 9:1-8 – Thursday of the 13th Week in Ordinary Time, Year 2)
“Harbour” is a place on the coast, where ships may moor in shelter, especially one protected from rough water by piers, jetties, and other artificial structures.
The word “harbour” is also used to speak about a keep a thought or feeling, (typically a negative one) in one’s mind, especially secretly
The Gospel of the Day is an expose by Jesus, on how a group of people “harbour” wrong thoughts in the mind.
It is an exposition of this evil side of life that often empowers human hearts, and pops its head up, especially when encountered by goodness and holiness.
The Gospel is the healing of the paralytic, when Jesus comes into His own town.
Seeing the paralytic being brought on the stretcher, and admiring their faith, Jesus had said, “Courage child, your sins are forgiven” (Mt 9: 2)
However, some of the scribes got irked hearing these words and said, “This man is blaspheming”
Jesus, who knows the hearts of people…. who reads the thoughts of all… said:
“Why do you think evil in your hearts?” (Mt 9: 4)
Another translation of this verse would read:
“Why do you harbour evil in your hearts?”
The Lord exposes the evil intention of the Scribes in questioning His action of cleansing the paralytic.
For the paralytic, it was a great occasion…
… of being cleansed from sin, and being restored to holiness
… of having a very personal encounter of the Saviour and receiving wholeness
It was a sacred time… a holy moment!
But where there is the presence of Holiness, evil finds itself disturbed and distances itself!
Evil cannot exist beside the Sacred!
Human life often finds itself engaged and engrossed with evil things…
The pull to be bad constantly lurks in human minds…
The urge to be sinful often prowls in human hearts…
Therefore, when the paralytic was encountering goodness and holiness, the evil side in the scribes popped its head up, and questioned and quizzed our Blessed Lord.
The same question that Jesus asked the scribes is now thrown to us:
“Why do you think evil in your hearts?” or “Why do you harbour evil in your hearts?”
Am I a person who is unable to tolerate the good things happening in other people’s life?
Am I someone who gets irked and irritated when the other person prospers in happiness?
We sometimes adorn the walls of our hearts with many filthy stuff – uncharitable thoughts, indecent words and jokes, hurtful views of people or crude perspectives of situations.
The Lord feels hurt and sad by this our “harbouring of evil in our hearts”
Are we ready to throw of all those unbecoming stuff from our hearts, and enthrone the Divine Mercy of the Lord in our hearts?
God Bless! Live Jesus!
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THE MYSTAGOGY OF THE CELEBRATION OF BAPTISM
Having become a child of God clothed with the wedding garment, the neophyte is admitted “to the marriage supper of the Lamb” and receives the Food of the new life, the Body and Blood of Christ.
The Eastern Churches maintain a lively awareness of the unity of Christian initiation by giving Holy Communion to all the newly baptized and confirmed, even little children, recalling the Lord’s words: “Let the children come to me, do not hinder them.”
The Latin Church, which reserves admission to Holy Communion to those who have attained the age of reason, expresses the orientation of Baptism to the Eucharist by having the newly baptized child brought to the altar for the praying of the Our Father.
The solemn blessing concludes the celebration of Baptism.
At the Baptism of new-borns, the blessing of the mother occupies a special place. (CCC #1244-1245)