Stop the Infection from Spreading (Homily for the 26th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ord26 – Stop the Infection from Spreading (6:25)

Ordinary Time, 26th Sunday. An adventuresome 24-year-old, Aimee Copeland, lost both hands, a leg and a foot to flesh-eating bacteria. It could have been much worse; it could have killed her. Doctors amputated those parts of her body to stop the infection spreading further. She lost her hands and feet to save her life.

Sin is like an infection. If we don’t cut it off, it will keep spreading into our lives and spiritually kill us. Our first reading shows Jealousy, our second reading shows Greed. The antidote is giving a cup of cold water: an act of Generosity. What is it that leads you into sin? Alcohol? A relationship? Friends? Things we think we can’t live without. Cut it off. It isn’t really our hands and feet that cause us to sin after all. Its things like our pride and anger and greed. Better to limp humbly into eternal life than stride proudly to destruction. Stop the infection now before it goes too far. Whatever causes you to sin, cut it off! You can live without it.

(30 Sep 2012)