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Spiritual Reflections
by Fr. Sean C. Mulcahy,
D.Min., LMFT, AAPC

A Talk for the Third Sunday of Lent
March 8th, 2015

“Christian Boundaries”


Our culture constantly feeds us messages from advertisers that unconsciously promise much more than they can deliver...such as the following: “that is why, after sex, defying authority is the chief lure that advertising uses, as in: “Just do it” (Nike), “Sometimes, you gotta break the rules” (Burger King), “When you have a passion for living, nothing is merely accepted, Nothing is taboo . .break all the rules” (Don Q rum) (Our shoe) “conforms to your foot so you don’t have to conform to anything”. , “Your world should know no boundaries”. (Merrill Lynch)These examples come from William J. Bausch.

Now these statements are obviously not true, they are not logical, but they affect us. As human beings, affected by original sin, we do not need to hear constantly ‘live without rules, or restraint’.”What happened to Christ’s invitation: “ if you wish to be my disciple, take up your cross and follow me”. You all drive a car and in driving on the highway, we have lanes that we follow- before we move from one to the other, we check our mirrors, provide a signal, hopefully indicating the lane you are moving to. So basically we human beings need , direction/lanes to navigate, not only on the road, but for our lives, so that we will get to our assigned destination ,namely heaven .Will the road you’re on get you to my place-God?

So our first reading today from Exodus 20, we read: “ In those days God delivered all these commandments: “I, the Lord, am your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slavery. You shall not have other gods besides me”. And we get the ten commandments –our guiding lanes and moral signposts. And the responsorial psalm supports and validates the Decalogue. “ Lord you have the words of everlasting life”. Keep in mind that something can be legal, but not moral, and then to go the ‘extra mile’, what would Jesus do in these circumstances ?Our second reading from 1Corinthians telling us what priority has Christ’s message in our life. To the Jews, a stumbling block, to the Gentiles, foolishness. Where do we stand?

The Temple was the holiest of places for the Jews, and the selling of animals and changing money, as these animals for sacrifice were to be bought with Jewish money, but what had happened over time was that the selling and buying – the business end of things- became central .Jesus introduced a ‘new way – from law to love.’ “Take these out of here, and stop making my Father’ house a marketplace” ,They asked for his authority to do these things, and he responded: “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”


 

 

 


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