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<< Wednesday, February 7, 2001 >>
 
Genesis 2:5-9, 15-17
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Psalm 104:1-2, 27-30 Mark 7:14-23
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CLEANING IS AN "IN-THING"

 
"What emerges from within a man, that and nothing else is what makes him impure." —Mark 7:20
 

"All these evils come from within and render a man impure." —Mark 7:23

The source of "acts of fornication, theft, murder, adulterous conduct, greed, maliciousness, deceit, sensuality, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, an obtuse spirit" (Mk 7:21-22) is the impurity inside us. Consequently, it is very important to be cleansed inside and to remain clean inside. This means that:

  • The Sacrament of Reconciliation is one of God's most precious gifts because of its cleansing power.
  • The penitential rite at the beginning of Mass is one of the more important moments of our day and life.
  • To hear God's cleansing word daily is even more necessary than to wash daily (see Eph 5:26; Jn 15:3).
  • Fasting, because of its cleansing power, should be highly valued.
  • The defilement from most TV programs is intolerable.
  • "Dirty language" and "dirty pictures" are aptly named and are worse than living in a garbage can.
  • The defilement from unforgiveness must be removed immediately (see Mt 5:25).

Be clean and stay clean — deep inside — and thus be free and holy.

 
Prayer: Father, whatever it takes, cleanse my temple (see Jn 2:15ff).
Promise: "The Lord God formed man out of the clay of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and so man became a living being." —Gn 2:7
Praise: Peter takes part in many wholesome activities in his youth group, including frequent Confession.
 
(For related teaching, order our book, Living in Reality.)
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, August 9, 2000
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, August 18, 2000
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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