Today’s homily March 9, 2019 is entitled, “Stop Pointing Accusing Fingers; Repent” written by Fr. Abu
“If you take away from the midst of you the yoke, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, if you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday” (Isaiah 58:9-10).
It is so easy to notice the speck in my neighbours’ eyes, but somehow I have come to love the log in my own eyes. It is so easy to preach to others, but I find it extremely difficult to examine my conscience. I may be a very good doctor, but if I never admit my own sickness, I will die without medical attention.
Isaiah mentions “the pointing of the finger” is among the sins with God hates, sins which spoil our fasting and prayer making them completely ineffective. This was the sin of the Pharisees who not only accused Levi of being a sinner, but accused Jesus of doing what was evil by eating with sinners. Come to think of it, was there any difference between Levi and the Pharisees?
Stop pointing fingers like the Pharisees, do not be a white-wash-tomb. Seeing Jesus eating with Levi and his friends is just like seeing your parish priest in a beer parlour or perhaps, in a strip-club regularly visited by persons who would normally not go to Church.
I can only imagine how the Pharisees must have felt looking from a distance, little did they know that they were witnessing a conversion ceremony for a man who would later write one of the Gospels.
The truth I have come to realise is that people are not as bad as we think they are, rather they are just as bad as we choose to believe.
In other words, we judge people based on what we ourselves are capable of doing, that is why we don’t even bother to verify rumours before rushing to damage people’s character by sharing fake news on social media. Stop pointing fingers. Appearance is not always reality.
Like Levi, Jesus is inviting us to dine with Him this season of Lent; to leave our past behind, to restore all that we have stolen, to return all that we have defrauded, to rebuild the bridges we have burnt, to cease from the bad habits we have formed; to return to Jesus bringing our friends.
Finally, the prophet Isaiah today admonishes us to perform acts of charity and justice especially to those that need it most because such great deeds bring upon us the blessings of God.
He who puts food in a hungry man’s stomach will be fed by God on a day of trouble. This lent, try to invite people to your house for a meal. Who knows? Apart from simply feeding stomachs, you might end up converting hearts as well to Jesus. Meal times are truly magical moments.
Let us Pray: Lord Jesus, may I wholly follow you leaving sin behind, Amen!
Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Saturday after Ash Wednesday. Bible Study: Isaiah 58:9-14, Psalm 86, and Luke 5:27-32).