Thursday, May 22, 2008

Not taking myself too seriously!

I am convinced that God has a sense of humor!

Today the Gospel from St. Mark recounts the episode when Jesus told His followers: "If your hand is your difficulty, cut it off. Better for you to enter life maimed than to keep both hands and enter Gehenna with its unquenchable fire." In order to emphasize the seriousness of his teaching he said the same thing about the foot and the eye. (Mark 9:41-50)

After reading this passage I closed my book and meditated on those words of the Lord. In all seriousness I prayed, “Jesus, what part of me needs to go; what is it that is causing me to sin?” Instantaneously the thought came into my mind: “Your head!”

I almost laughed out loud! But He was right. It is my “head” that causes me the most trouble – rather it is my mind, my thoughts! It is in my thoughts that I am sometimes uncharitable, judgmental, impatient, discontented, self-righteous! Of course I cannot cut off my head! (Where would I put my veil?) And Jesus does not mean for us to literally cut off the physical parts of our body. But I can cut off my sinful ways of thinking. And I can continue to beg Jesus to convert my heart so that I can love as He loves. After all, it is my lack of love, my divided heart which causes my thoughts to be so unruly.

St. Paul writes in the letter to the Ephesians that we must be renewed in Christ and “acquire a fresh, spiritual way of thinking.” (Eph. 4:17-24) To fail to love in my thoughts is no laughing matter. Not if I want to make it to Heaven.


Jacqueline said...

That was a very nice post Sister. I find God giving me signs through the gospel all the time. When i truely meditate on the passage I find new ways to grow closer to God. Though at times I may not like, doing something or not doing something. I know I must do it..becuase..ny will is to do the will of God, and I know the will of God is to become closer to him.

There are some times I find my self taking things to literal.. but I really have think "What really does God mean in this passage, and how can I work on it"

the mother of this lot said...

Please don't cut your head off, Sister!!

Kathy said...

I feel better already knowing that a Sister has the same struggles as me.
I prayed to the Lord this week," please renew my mind!" I get so tired of thinking at times. I desire to think pure thoughts and to love like Jesus yet there is this struggle that goes on between the flesh and the spirit. I guess it takes discipline and obedience to overcome bad thinking patterns.
Lord Have Mercy!
Thank you for sharing.