When in Doubt…

Clergy Corner by Fr. Williams

Unfortunately, when I hear this phrase, I still think of the old rule in school, “when in doubt, Charlie out.” As in, if you don’t know the answer to the question, choosing “c” is always the  safest bet to guess the right answer. Who knows if that ever worked though!

 

Luckily for us as Christians, whenever life hits and we get all turned around, the Church through the Scriptures sends us a reminder…. KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS.  When there are so many things going on, so many things of the world pulling at your heart, it is then that we are to stop for a second and recall the commandments.  The Gospel today says to stick close to what the Lord has revealed to us, both in the form of the Ten Commandments in the Old Testament and their application and fulfillment in Jesus Christ in the New Testament. When you are tempted to take or covet all these things that are not yours and that are fleeting, recall the commandments. Use them as guardrails of your heart. Jesus goes further to say, be careful even to not dwell on these things in your heart or mind because it will corrupt from the inside.   When you are tempted by lust or anger or laziness, stop and ask yourself, what am I called to do in this moment?  Then, ask for the strength to do it. 

 

Mary Magdalene is full of smart, spiritually aware people; we just have to train ourselves that when we are in doubt or temptation, to stop, recall what the Lord asks of us, and then ask for his strength to do the right thing.  Because there is much on the line for us and those around us, hence the first reading today, one of my   favorite verses in Scripture:

 

“If you choose you can keep the commandments,

they will save you;
if you trust in God, you too shall live;
he has set before you fire and water
to whichever you choose, stretch forth your hand.
Before man are life and death, good and evil,
whichever he chooses shall be given him.”

Sirach 15:15-18

 

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