Homily on the 10th Sunday- B
One day this lady came to me and said “My marriage is lifeless and cold. Where did the passion go? We live in the same house, but we barely know each other. I love him but I don’t like him. Divorce never crossed my mind, but now the thought is a daily struggle.” She knows that a divided house cannot stand and a divided kingdom will collapse.
Another occasion, this gentleman came to me and said, father, “my greatest fear is that someday I will be found out”. “What do you mean?” I said. “That they will know I’m not who I say I am; that I’m not who I want them to think I am; that I’m not who I want to be,” he answered. Beneath his fear he knows there are cracks and crashes in his house. He knows that a divided house cannot stand and a divided kingdom will crumble.
Another time this lady came to me and said I feel like a houses divided. I want to be a saint and wanted to serve God all my life. But what is happening, because I am a wife, mother of five children and a full time employee I am torn apart between all the obligations and all I am doing right now is giving God an hour on Sunday and devoting my mind and spirit entirely to material things the rest of the week. She knows that a divided house cannot stand and a divided kingdom will collapse.
A human being is a kingdom divided. Even St Paul had to admit that this division existed within himself: “I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do” (Romans 7:19). We all know what it is like to live divided lives. You know those times when your outsides and your insides don’t match up. That’s
what it means to be a house divided. You’re one person at work and another at home. You act one way with certain people and a different way with other people. Life gets divided into pieces. Behavior, beliefs, and ethics become situational. There is the work life, the family life, the prayer life, the personal life, the social life. Pretty soon we’re left with a bunch of pieces!
That battle and interior conflict and division has been around since the time of Adam and Eve. We are in the Garden of Eden, and something has gone wrong. Adam and Eve have taken the bait of deceptive and misleading freedom. But immediately Adam blames Eve, and Eve blames the snake. The long story began at that moment. Henceforth they are divided not only within themselves, but from each other and from God. This is a triple form of alienation: from self, from others, from God.
This division and inner conflict is a reality of today’s world and our lives. A marriage divided is a divorce. A family divided is a dysfunctional family. A nation divided results in hateful politics and in the extreme civil war. An economy divided produces poverty and injustice. A community divided becomes individualism, prejudice and violence. A church divided can become a temple of Satan. Humanity divided will result chaos in a global level. Faith and morality divided is sin and sinful life style.
Do you know what sincere people will do? They are constantly trying to put the pieces of their lives together. That’s why the crowd has gathered around Jesus. In order to put the pieces of our life together, the first thing we need to do is, we have to admit that we have a problem. Our problems are unsolvable for as long as we deny that we have them. That’s what our first parents did and that’s what the
Pharisees did in the gospel story. The first step in healing is to see our actual state. It is easy to admit that we are not perfect: “Oh I’m no saint, God knows!” If this were a real admission then you will do something about it. Remember, we all have problems. But what we do about it makes all the difference.
It’s hard to look at the division and inner conflict within our lives. The beginning of wholeness, however, is acknowledging our brokenness. Where is our own house divided? How and to what extent have we created conflict and division within our relationships, relationship with God, myself and others? In what ways do we live fragmented lives, parceling out pieces here and there? What is it that shatters your life? Anger, resentment, greed, insecurity, perfectionism, sorrow, loss, fear, envy, guilt and loneliness!
There are six sins that offend the Holy Spirit. These are:
- Despair: “By despair, man ceases to hope for his personal salvation from God, for help in attaining it or for the forgiveness of his sins. Despair is contrary to God’s goodness, to his justice – for the Lord is faithful to his promises – and to his mercy.” (C.C.C. # 2091)
- Presumption of God’s mercy: “There are two kinds of Either man presumes upon his own capacities, (hoping to be able to save himself without help from on high), or he presumes upon God’s almighty power or his mercy (hoping to obtain his forgiveness without conversion and glory without merit).” (C.C.C. # 2092)
- Impugning the known truth: To “impugn” the known truth means to attack it by word or argument, to resist it, to contradict it, or even to oppose the known truth or to challenge it as )
- Envy the spiritual good of another: Regarding the gifts of the Holy Spirit, the First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians states, “All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually as the Spirit chooses.” To envy the spiritual good of another is to question the Divine judgment of the Holy Spirit in His distribution of spiritual gifts. It is to be jealous of another person who has a gift different than one’s own gift. Through envy, one rejects the gift that he has received from the Holy Spirit, determining in his own mind that the gift he has received is not good enough for him and he wants someone else’s )
- Obstinacy in sin: To be “obstinate” means to resist the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit, to be stubborn, to persist in sin, to be
- Final impenitence: “Impenitence” means to be uncontrite, unrepentant, hardened, unconverted, to be without regret, shame or
Jesus said “Amen, I say to you, all sins and all blasphemies that people utter will be forgiven them. But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an everlasting sin.” Let’s come to Jesus today! He binds the forces that divide, heals the wounds that separate, and refashions pieces into a new whole. There is nothing about your life or my life that cannot be put back together by the love God in Christ.