Fat-free, Sin-free

“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.” (Mark 7:18-23)

You know, the last time I gave a homily on this particular passage of St. Mark, a couple approached me after Mass. They offered me the best compliment I have ever received in my life.

“Father, when you preach, you sound like Captain Kirk, of the starship Enterprise.”

milkshakeAnyway. First officer Spock, Uhuru, Sulu, Checkov, all my dear crew—let’s try to eat healthy. Lord Jesus obviously wants us to eat wholesomely, so that we can digest our sustenance properly.

But, if you’ll forgive me: Seems to be another upshot to the passage as well. Actually, the healthy digestion message would appear to take second place. Eat healthy, saith the Lord, to be sure. But He also seems to be saying: Avoid sin.

Don’t lie. Don’t nurse jealousy. Don’t order people around arrogantly. Don’t indulge yourself. Don’t be mean, or bitter, or self-righteous, or petty.

Because these things do a great deal more damage to us than a thousand-calorie milkshake.

We want good digestion and washboard stomachs, yes. But, more than that—much more than that—we want pure hearts. We want upright hearts. We want hearts at peace with our Maker.

Large milkshakes can make a person fat. But gossip and lust and impatience and a quick fuse can make a person defiled, says the Lord—and that’s worse. Lots of Big Macs? Probably not good. But: Selfishness? Self-centeredness? Worse.

So let’s eat healthy and be kind, humble, chaste, forbearing, faithful, honest, and disciplined, too.

Soldering 101

Last month I received a very warm compliment after Mass.

captain kirkBut yesterday I got the best compliment EVER:

Father, we love to listen to you preach.

You have a kind of tone when you speak…

It’s like Captain James T. Kirk! You talk like Captain Kirk of the Starship Enterprise!

…Here is Captain Kirk’s homily for this beautiful Sunday:

The Law of the Lord is perfect. –Psalm 19:7

We human beings are complicated. Some of us are more complicated than others. But all of us are complicated, compared to other creatures, like squirrels and dogs. Squirrels and dogs follow instinct. We, on the other hand, make choices.

We are unique creatures on the earth. We have free will. The problem is that we don’t exactly know what to do with it.

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Game Seven!!! Plus, Trekkies Rejoice

Capitals Penguins HockeyCaps had to get a win in Pittsburgh. It was a serious nailbiter. And they won it!

Now the series returns to Washington for the deciding game on Wednesday evening. Huge.

..The other thing I forgot to tell you is that the new Star Trek movie is delightful.

It will satisfy anyone with fond memories of the original series.

Karl Urban as Dr. McCoy is the most brilliant casting in recent memory.

The movie is not for everyone. There is one dumb racy scene–thankfully very brief. A little bit too much noise and special effects. And the plot gimmick that allows for a certain cameo–well, it’s not the most plausible thing ever. But the cameo is worth it, well worth it…(Close your eyes if you want to be surprised when you see the move–in other words, don’t click)

Karl Urban

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