Friday, February 20, 2015

A Pleasing Sacrifice

I was planning to focus on one of today's Mass readings, but they all flow together so beautifully.  The readings are from Isaiah 58:1-9a, Psalm 59, and Matthew 19:14-15.  Each of them talks about how we are to fast and repent.  It's not about giving up "things" so much as having a heart that is contrite (remorseful, penitent) and a humble attitude.

Artwork by Ronald Barba


But the thing that just popped out to me is the verse before the Gospel, from Amos 5:14:

"Seek good and not evil so that you may live, and the Lord will be with you."

That pretty much sums up the whole Christian life, doesn't it?
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