O God our loving Father, you know so well how we all desire to be good and holy like you. But so often, we look outside for what would make us pure and clean before you, as well as for what defiles us before you.
Thank for reminding us today how from the very start when you created everything including us, we have always been good within. Even from without, everything is good. We just have to look inside our hearts for what is true and good, false and evil.
How sad that until now, we keep on looking outside, searching for more we can have, for more we can know when clearly we are limited: “You are free to eat from any of the trees of the garden except the tree of knowledge of good and evil. From that tree you shall not eat; the moment you eat from it you are surely doomed to die” (Gen.2:16-17).
Teach us, O Lord Jesus Christ to understand that “Nothing that enters one from the outside can defile that person; but the things that come out from within are what defile… From within the man, from his heart, come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly” (Mk.7:15, 21-22).
May we always look inside our hearts, O Jesus, where you reign supreme when we keep on doing your holy will, avoiding sin. Amen. Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II, Parokya ng San Juan Apostol at Ebanghelista, Gov. F. Halili Ave., Bagbaguin, Sta. Maria, Bulacan.