March 4, 2018
I heard from a reliable source that God was looking down at Earth the other day and saw all the rascally behavior that’s going on. So he sent a couple of angels down to check out just how bad things have gotten. Some days later, they reported back to Him that, it is true. Things are really awful bad. People ignore God’s commandments and don’t care about Jesus’ teaching. In fact, 95% of earth’s inhabitants are misbehaving and sinning like mad while only 5% are really making an effort to live good lives. My source said God was pretty displeased and he has decided to send an email to all of the good 5% to offer them some encouragement and give them a little something to help keep them going.
Do you by any chance happen to know what his email said??? Okay, just wondering... I didn't get one either...
The Gospel of this Sunday describes Jesus not as meek and gentle, but rather as angry and zealous. Having the full range of human emotions; Jesus had a temper; he could get angry. If the worship of God in the Temple in Jerusalem upset Jesus, how about our ways of worship? Would our Lord know we love God by what we do? In the Ten Commandments, God outlines how people of great faith live. Practice these Commandments and the faith we show in Church flows into our lives. I sometimes meet the self-declared “good Catholic” but don’t even know the Ten Commandments, leave alone keeping them. Take for example the Commandment to keep the Seventh Day holy. "Six days you may labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord, your God." This Commandment says there's more to life than work. Trust God, the Commandment says. Keeping the Sabbath holy means for each of us to take a day off, to spend some times with our family, to relax with some hobbies, play some sport games (after Sunday Mass of course), do some reading and experience life as the free gift of a loving Creator.
And remember the words "You shall not carve idols for yourselves?" Easy it is to list the gods we worship. Clothes are bought for the designer label. Wearing "Calvin Klein" or "Tommy Hilfiger" to show we have good taste, so the advertisements tell us. Problem is that the buying of labels builds up a callousness in us. Extra dollars go to buy designer labels and not to those less fortunate than ourselves.
And then all those other Commandments tell us to be concerned for others. "You shall not commit adultery." Love for a wife or husband is pretty shallow if you seek another bed partner. "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor." How easy it is to lash out against someone. That person does not do what we want, the way we want it done. The faults of others jump to mind. And we tell them to everyone. That is destructive gossip. God's Commandment is put on a back shelf.
How will God know we love God? By how we keep his Commandments. Our prayers here in Church are but boisterous words if our actions outside of Church show we love ourselves more than we love God. The faith we speak here in Church needs to be a mirror of the faith we live day in and day out.
Clearly, Christ gets angry when people turn away from God. Surface faith brings the wrath of God. Deep faith comes from the heart, and spills over into daily life. Live the faith-filled life — and you will know God's love in your life. May God bless you.