The psalm 15 of today mass is used usually by Jewish pilgrims as they enter the Temple for paryers. It was a custom before and at the time of Jesus. Praying this psalm will remind them if they are ready to participate in the Liturgy of the Old Testament.
Let us reread it together. It may help many of us, as we celebrate the
liturgies of the New Testament. It will help uys to examine our conscience
before we start our prayers or as a preparation before mass.
The one who can enter God’s house is the person:
“who walks blamelessly and does justice; who thinks the truth in his heart; who slanders not with his tongue. Who harms not his fellow man; who does not take us a reproach against his neighbor; who despises the reprobate and honors those who fear the Lord. Who lends not his money at usury; who accepts no bribe against innocent”.
Can you, please, try to think what kind of person you are? The psalm says: “Whoever does these things shall never be disturbed”. Do feel that your conscience is blaming you, condemning you? Then think with me, the holy mass should correspond to the way you live outside the church.
The avove will help us to work on the side of God. ST. James will remind us, in fact, about what is religion for God: it is ”to care for orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world” James 1:27
Jesus on ot-day Gospel will laugh on the people who think that what enters through the mouth make the person bad or good. He will say “From within people, from their hearts, come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly” Mark 7:21-23
This will bring us to the first reading from the book of the Deuteronomy (4:1-2, 6-8). Moses calls us to “Observe the commandments of God carefully, for thus will you give evidence of your wisdom and intelligence to the nations”. The observance of God’ Law will make from us people who avoid all the above and add a special color, love.
St. Irenaeus (c.140-200) commenting on this “Against Heresies” will quote St. Paul: “Paul says that love is the fulfillment of the law… Love perfects a person, and one who loves God is perfect both in the world and the next, for we shall never stop loving God, the more we gaze upon him the more our love for him will grow”. (IV,12, 1-2)
Human values will be colored with Christian principles when love becomes
the engine of all of them.
You will not lie or cheat because love is your law. You will not steal or wish bad to anybody because love is in your heart. You will not hurt anybody because you love all people. Your patience, your joy, your kindness, your generosity, your faithfulness, your gentleness, your self-control, your smiles will be colored with God’s love.
You will be able to work things wonderfully, you will treat people and
deal with them with respect and appreciation, and you will make others
happy and sadden nobody.
Think then with me, how a great person you will be. God will bless you home, your work, your children and use you to build a family, a church, a paradise where you go and what ever your do.