12 February 2012

Following God and Good Intentions

At Mass today I heard an amazing homily, which I'm sure I won't relate nearly as well as Father did. He began with talking about Eli Manning (he's a Giants fan), and how he was asked after the game if the plays came from him or the coaches; Eli's response, from what I gathered,was that the coaches made the calls and Eli trustd them in that. Father went onto say that it must be a temptation to be onth field and think you know better than the coaches.

From there, Father talked about how most people want to do good and have good intentions, but that our good intentions can backfire. As an example, he spoke of today's Gospel reading (Mark 1:40-45), where a leper was healed and then told not to speak about it. Here is the full reading:
A leper came to Jesus and kneeling down begged him and said, “If you wish, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand,    touched him, and said to him,    “I do will it. Be made clean.” The leprosy left him immediately, and he was made clean. Then, warning him sternly, he dismissed him at once. He said to him, “See that you tell no one anything,    but go, show yourself to the priest    and offer for your cleansing what Moses prescribed;    that will be proof for them.” The man went away and began to publicize the whole matter. He spread the report abroad    so that it was impossible for Jesus to enter a town openly. He remained outside in deserted places,    and people kept coming to him from everywhere.

The leper wasn't trying to cause trouble. I'm sure his intentions were great, but his actions meant that Jesus couldn't move openly and perhaps couldn't heal as many as He wanted. Father then brought up how often we think we know better than what God is telling us. It isn't that we're trying to do wrong - our intentions are usually good. Even so, we aren't trusting God, but ourselves when we do that. While Father was tying this in specifically with all the statistics about how many Catholics use contraception despite Church teaching (which is truly lamentable), it can be applied to all aspects. It is truly humbling to submit and not trust my own understanding. I'm not talking about abandoning all intellect, for that would be ignoring our God-given reason, but recognising that God has give us the Church and we are to submit to God instead of trusting ourselves.

I hope I've not butchered the homily too much. It was very wonderful.


  1. Thanks for this. The whole "trust in God" thing has become the most important focus of my trip to eternity.

  2. Pretty wonderful that he talked @ contraception at all!

  3. We are blessed with wonderful, orthodox priests who aren't afraid to speak out. I am very thankful for them.