Homily for Mass, Deschatelets Residence

6 March 2012, 7.30am

[Readings: Isaiah 1:10, 16-20, 27-28, 31;  Ps 50;  Mt 23:1-12]


As baptized people, and certainly as priests and religious, it’s a great privilege to be representatives of Christ – to speak his message in the world, to act in his name.

 However, today’s Gospel reminds us that we often don’t practice what we preach.  Furthermore, we sometimes do the right things, but with conflicted motives.  Sometimes our right actions are merely a mask.  To the extent that these things are true in us, we will feel an inner dis-ease and lack of peace.  And this inner conflict will result in us being less effective in our ministry.

 Lent is a privileged time, not to be discouraged by these realities, but to face them honestly.  We must acknowledge and confess our sins before the Lord, urged on by the words of the prophet Isaiah, for though our sins are like scarlet, they shall be like snow;  though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.

 We’re invited to focus anew on Christ, in whom there was no dichotomy between who he was, what he said, and what he did.  Let us draw closer to Christ in these days of Lent, and may he help us to overcome the contradictions in our lives.

 [See: http://csctr.net/tuesday-06-march-2012-2nd-week-of-lent]