Archive for July 30, 2012

Sunday Catholics A-Ten-Hut!

Posted: July 30, 2012 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Saturday’s first reading is still fresh in my mind, simply because I had been pondering on how well the passage hits home for many Catholics who routinely go to Church more out of obligation then of love.  How many of us have forgotten that we are going into the sanctuary before God to worship him and yet were reverent neither in disposition or outward appearance.  How we have simply continued to live our lives according to our own whim and fancies. How some of us have chosen what we want to believe in the Word given to us and how we have omitted the other parts which were a hindrance or deemed to ‘Old School’ or ‘Old fashionly’ rigid.  Why then do some wonder how others seem to leave Church, rejuvenated, joyful with a serenity that you do not seem to possess?  Let this Old testament passage speak to your hearts…..take note of the end where a similar utterance can be found by Jesus in the New Testament…

Jeremiah 7:1-11

The word that was addressed to Jeremiah by the Lord, ‘Go and stand at the gate of the Temple of the Lord and there proclaim this message. Say, “Listen to the word of the Lord, all you men of Judah who come in by these gates to worship the Lord. The Lord Sabaoth, the God of Israel, says this: Amend your behaviour and your actions and I will stay with you here in this place. Put no trust in delusive words like these: This is the sanctuary of the Lord, the sanctuary of the Lord, the sanctuary of the Lord! But if you do amend your behaviour and your actions, if you treat each other fairly, if you do not exploit the stranger, the orphan and the widow (if you do not shed innocent blood in this place), and if you do not follow alien gods, to your own ruin, then here in this place I will stay with you, in the land that long ago I gave to your fathers forever. Yet here you are, trusting in delusive words, to no purpose! Steal, would you, murder, commit adultery, perjure yourselves, burn incense to Baal, follow alien gods that you do not know? – and then come presenting yourselves in this Temple that bears my name, saying: Now we are safe – safe to go on committing all these abominations! Do you take this Temple that bears my name for a robbers’ den? I, at any rate, am not blind – it is the Lord who speaks.”’