Humbly submit your will to God (Thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary and Joseph.
Jesus summoned the crowd again and said to them,
“Hear me, all of you, and understand.
Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person;but the things that come out from within are what defile.”
When he got home away from the crowd
his disciples questioned him about the parable.
He said to them,
“Are even you likewise without understanding?
Do you not realize that everything
that goes into a person from outside cannot defile,
since it enters not the heart but the stomach
and passes out into the latrine?”
(Thus he declared all foods clean.)
“But what comes out of the man, that is what defiles him.
From within the man, from his heart,
come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder,
adultery, greed, malice, deceit,
licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly.
All these evils come from within and they defile.” Mk 7:14-23
Today, Jesus teaches us that heaven and hell begin within our heart and mind. God gave us spiritual powers greater than any of the superheroes. We have an intellect, a will, and a memory. We have the capacity to love. Once we have gained knowledge (it is crucial to keep gaining knowledge or rereading the Truth in the Scriptures, catechism, spiritual books) we can choose God or the devil. We grow in the gifts of the Spirit (knowledge, wisdom, understanding, fear of the Lord, piety, fortitude, and counsel)
Training our minds and believing in our hearts is a constant battle. This is why prayer and reading the Scriptures early in the morning when we rise helps us put on the armor of God and fight. The devil is cunning and deceitful. If we don’t have our mind right from the beginning, the day can be a disaster. The three Scripture based prayers that have the greatest power against the devil are the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be. This is why the rosary consists of these prayers and is a great devotion that helps us defeat sin in our lives. Mary always leads us to her Son and gives us strength to fight the Devil. St. Louis de Montfort wrote the consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary saying that it is the quickest way to holiness. When Mary appears to people she tells them to say the rosary.
“No one can live continually in sin and continue to say the Rosary: either they will give up sin or they will give up the Rosary”~Bishop Hugh Doyle
Our eyes are the window to our souls. Whatever we watch, read, or listen to forms us everyday. Each time we turn on the TV or Internet we are being lied to unless it the Truth, divinely revealed by Christ and inspired by the Holy Spirit. Jesus forces us to make a decision, there is no fence or such thing as a lukewarm Christian. We either cooperate with God’s will and grow in holiness with His grace or we fall away. Come to Him in the sacraments, pray, drink deeply from the Scriptures, and serve others offering up all of your crosses throughout the day. Then, holiness is within reach. May God bless us on our journey!
Today’s challenge: What is the intention of your heart? Do you really desire heaven/a meaningful relationship? What else is there? Isn’t your greatest desire to be happy/have meaningful relationships? Make the most important decision of your life and begin the greatest battle of your life for holiness. This is what you are made for!