Sunday, September 27, 2009

Turn it Off

Fr. Michael Denk
Homily
Year B, 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
St. Barnabas - 5pm, 7:30, and 9:00
September 27, 2009

Turn it off

If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off.
It is better for you to enter into life maimed
than with two hands to go into Gehenna,
into the unquenchable fire.
And if your foot causes you to sin, cut if off.
It is better for you to enter into life crippled
than with two feet to be thrown into Gehenna.
And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out.
Better for you to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye
than with two eyes to be thrown into Gehenna,

If your TV causes you to sin... Turn it off. It's better to go without
TV then to enter into sin.
If your computer causes you to sin... Turn it off. It's better to go
without the internet then to be addicted.
If your friends cause you to sin... they are not real friends.
If you're in a relationship that is causing you to sin... it isn't love
If sports are causing you to sin and miss mass... quite the team. It's
better to play second string then it is to lose eternal life.
If anything in your life is causing you sin... turn it off, cut it out,
stop it.

If you find yourself not being able to turn it off or stop the sin...
seek help.

Here's three ways: in the Church Community, through Counseling, and
encountering Jesus in the sacrament of Confession.

Some of you would probably rather cut your arm off then get involved in
the parish, or go to counseling or step into the confessional. If
you're trapped in sin it calls for drastic measures.

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