Bishop Barron's Daily Gospel Reflection February 8, 2017
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Wednesday, February 8, 2017
5th Week in Ordinary Time, Year I
in today’s Gospel Jesus explains that sinful behavior flows from within
our hearts. How often the Bible speaks of the “heart.” By that it means
the core of the self, the deepest center of who we are, that place from
which our thoughts and actions arise. God wants to penetrate that
heart, so that he is the center of our souls. But there is something
terribly black in the human heart. We are made in the image and likeness
of God, but that image can be so distorted by sin as to be barely
faith clearly teaches the awful truth of the fall, and we see the
evidence of it in the mystery of sin, which is not to be ignored, not to
be trifled with, not to be rationalized away. We are all capable of
dark and evil acts. I’m not OK and neither are you. We see the tangled
web which is sin. It grows like a fungus or like a cancer.
Have our hearts become hardened, so that God cannot get in? Is there a deep resistance in us to grace?