Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/021115.cfm
Jesus summoned the crowd again and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand. Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person; but the things that come out from within are what defile.”
When he got home away from the crowd his disciples questioned him about the parable. He said to them, “Are even you likewise without understanding. Do you not realize that everything that goes into a person from outside cannot defile, since it enters not the heart but the stomach and passes out into the latrine?” (Thus he declared all foods clean.) “But what comes out of the man, that is what defiles him. From within the man, from his heart, come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly. All these evils come from within and they defile.”
What is in your heart? Has your heart been defiled by the thoughts that come from within man? Do you allow these thoughts to take over your life so that you cannot see with the eyes of Christ? Be careful that your thoughts do not lead you into sin, confess them in the Sacrament of Reconciliation and be reconciled with God.
Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank you for the gift of reconciliation that you give to me through our Priests. Help me Lord to always keep my mind and heart focused on you and not the evils of the world. In Jesus’ holy name I ask this, Amen.
O bless the Lord, my soul!