|Memorial of St. John Ogilvie, S.J.
Psalms 19:2-3, 4-5
We hear today, that famous passage from St. Paul, his indictment
of the Gentiles and their idolatrous way of life. And, we all know
that the next few lines, omitted by the Church from this selection in the
lectionary, is the famous condemnation of homosexuality.
Can we talk?
Of course, many who quote this section from scripture fail to consider the
context of the whole argument. The Gentiles (that would be 'us')
have been delivered up to the lusts of their hearts: The envious, gossips,
and scandalmongers are lumped together with the haughty and boastful.
They are filled with every form of wickedness, evil, greed, and
malice; full of envy, murder, rivalry, treachery, and spite. They are
gossips and scandalmongers and they hate God. They are insolent, haughty,
boastful, ingenious in their wickedness, and rebellious.
Can we talk?
St. Paul goes on, at the beginning of chapter two, saying
You, O man, are without excuse, every one of you who passes judgment.
For by the standard by which you judge another you condemn yourself, since
you, the judge, do the very same things.
Can we talk about 'cleansing the outside of the cup and dish and not the
St. Paul will eventually proclaim that faith in Christ is the way and the
way out of the bind of both unchecked malice as well as unchecked judgment.
My prayer is that Christ will show me the way and the truth and the life
(that would be himself) and lead me to a deeper knowledge of him.
What is your prayer today?