The Prophet Isaiah in today’s readings again renews the call of Lent: “Let us set things right.”
The readings today give us three perspectives for self-examination. The towns of Sodom and Gomorrah were notorious for the sinful practices so prevalent in their day. Thus, the first point for our consideration is what are the sinful behaviors (sins of commission) we indulge that we are called to leave behind?
Jesus chastises the Scribes and Pharisees, for while they preach in fulfillment of the offices they hold, they fail to practice their own preaching. Here is our second perspective for examination – how are we failing to act in a manner worthy of our calling? (Sins of omission)
Not only did the Scribes and Pharisees fail to practice the law they preached, they acted in a self-righteous manner, with an air of superiority. Jesus condemned this attitude as well, when he said: “The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” (MT 23:12) What attitudes to we harbor that lead to sin?
May God grant us this grace of humility to seek forgiveness for our sins, that we might live as beloved children of God, brothers and sisters to all.
You are invited to listen to God’s word and homily in the video below.