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Christianity is Out of Bounds

Friday, December 15, 2023

by Fr. David M. Knight


View readings for 2nd Friday of Advent: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings

Lectionary no.185 (Isaiah 48:17-19; Psalm 1; Matthew 11:16-19)


John came neither eating nor drinking, and they said, “He is possessed by a demon.” The Son of Man came eating and drinking and they said, “He is a glutton and a drunkard.” Matthew 11: 18


Our father taught us boys to respect boundaries. He said, “Your right to swing your fist ends just short of my nose.”


By becoming human, Jesus proved everything human is good—as long as it is kept in bounds. It is not “constraint” to say we should respect everything for what it is, and not use it in a way that does harm.


However, every human act can be made boundlessly, infinitely better by grace. Christians can and should act always on the level of God, whether in a basilica or in a bar! A sale should be as sacred as a sacrament. Through the “sacrament of his body,” the Church, Jesus is constantly giving infinite, divine life. When Christians act “through Christ, with him, and in him,” there is no limit to what we can do.


Christians should never step out of bounds. But when it comes to doing good, there are no boundaries. Even the sky is not the limit, because God’s “steadfast love is higher than the heavens,” and Christ’s “new commandment” is that we should love one another as he has loved us; that is, infinitely (Psalm 108:4, John 13:34).


DAILY PRACTICE: Whenever you do something good, ask how grace makes it divine.


ADVENT PRAYER: Lord, let your light shine through me!


Reflections brought to you by the Immersed in Christ Ministry




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