Posted by: frburke23 | June 22, 2015

Thought for Tuesday, 12th Week in Ordinary Time

Matthew 7:6, 12-14

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not give what is holy to dogs, or throw your pearls before swine,
lest they trample them underfoot, and turn and tear you to pieces.

“Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.
This is the Law and the Prophets.

“Enter through the narrow gate;
for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction,
and those who enter through it are many.
How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life.
And those who find it are few.”

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Jesus tells the disciples, “Do not give what is holy to dogs…”  As I was praying with this, the thought came to me that we often give our body and soul away to what is not holy.  The day we were baptized, God the Father laid a claim to us.  “You are mine.  You are my beloved daughter/son.”  We are called to be holy, which means to be “set apart”.  And yet do we treat our bodies and our souls as sacred and holy?

We should guard our bodies and souls as our prized possessions, as sacred.  We should guard what we watch on TV.  We should protect ourselves from things on the internet that will draw us away from purity.  We should care about thoughts, our conversations, our words, and our actions.  Some say that our eyes are the window to the soul.  What do we allow into our soul through our eyes?

As parents, what are we allowing into our homes through the TV, internet, etc.?

Do we treat our bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit?

Do our thoughts, words and deeds build up the Kingdom?  Or do they tear it apart?

The Holy Spirit lives deep within each one of us.  The Kingdom of God, the pearl of great price is at our core.  Don’t let anyone trample it underfoot or tear it to pieces, as Jesus says.  Care for this Pearl as if your life depended on it. 

Imagine your greatest treasure in life.  What do you do to protect it, care for it, nurture it?  Do you protect, care for and nurture your relationship with God in the same way?  Do you protect your body and soul from everything that comes to rob them of their dignity?

There are a lot of things in this world clamoring to lead us down the “wide” road that leads to destruction.  Enter the narrow gate that leads to everlasting life.  Guard your relationship with the Lord as sacred.  Invest in that relationship with your whole heart, mind and soul.

God bless,

Fr. Burke

https://frburke23.wordpress.com

Here is the Spanish translation:

Mateo 7:6, 12-14

Jesús dijo a sus discípulos:
“No den lo que es santo a los perros, o tiren sus perlas a los cerdos,
no sea que las pisoteen, y se vuelvan y los despedacen.
“Traten a los demás como quieren que ellos los traten a ustedes.
Esta es la Ley y los Profetas.
“Entren por la puerta estrecha;
porque ancha es la puerta y amplio el camino que lleva a la perdición,
y los que entran por el son muchos.
Pero que estrecha es la perta, y que angosto el camino que lleva a la vida.
Y los que lo encuentran son pocos”.

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Jesús dice a los discípulos: “No den lo que es santo a los perros…” Mientras oraba con esto, el pensamiento me vino que a menudo damos nuestro cuerpo y alma a lo que no es santo. El día que fuimos bautizados, Dios el Padre nos puso una reclamación. “Tú eres mío. Tú eres mi hija/ hijo amado. “Estamos llamados a ser santos, que significa ser “apartado”. Y sin embargo, ¿tratamos a nuestros cuerpos y nuestras almas como sagrado y santo?

Debemos cuidar nuestros cuerpos y almas como nuestros bienes preciados, como algo sagrado. Debemos cuidar lo que vemos en la televisión.  Debemos protegernos de cosas en Internet que nos alejaran de la pureza. Nos deben preocupar los pensamientos, nuestras conversaciones, nuestras palabras y nuestras acciones. Algunos dicen que los ojos son la ventana del alma. ¿Qué permitimos entrar en nuestra alma a través de nuestros ojos?

Como padres, ¿qué estamos permitiendo entrar en nuestros hogares a través de la televisión, internet, etc.?
¿Tratamos a nuestros cuerpos como templos del Espíritu Santo?
¿Nuestros pensamientos, palabras y obras construyen el Reino? ¿O lo destrozan?

El Espíritu Santo vive en lo profundo de cada uno de nosotros. El Reino de Dios, la perla de gran precio está en nuestro núcleo. No dejes que nadie la pisotee o la rompa en pedazos, como dice Jesús. Cuida de esta perla como si tu vida dependiera de ella.

Imagina tu mayor tesoro en la vida. ¿Qué haces para protegerlo, cuidarlo, nutrirlo? ¿Proteges, cuidas y nutres tu relación con Dios de la misma manera? ¿Proteges tu cuerpo y alma de todo lo que viene a robarles su dignidad?

Hay muchas cosas en este mundo clamando guiarnos por el camino “ancho” que lleva a la perdición. Entra por la puerta estrecha que conduce a la vida eterna. Protege tu relación con el Señor como algo sagrado. Invierte en esa relación con todo tu corazón, mente y alma.

Dios los bendiga,

Fr. Burke

https://frburke23.wordpress.com


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