Sin Can Never Lead to Good – Nov 28 – Homily – Fr Matthias

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Fr Matthias gives the homily at Bloomington, IN, on Nov 28, 2023, where he keys off the Gospel reading today of how the Sanhedrin proposed killing Jesus unjustly to avoid the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple Luke 21:6.

Jesus prophecies the destruction of the temple in Luke 21:6 "As for these things that you see, the days will come when there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down." Fr. ties this prophecy to the destruction of the temple in 70 AD. Thus the Sanhedrin's unjust decision to condemn Jesus to death, to prevent greater harm from Romans, did not work. The temple was destroyed, as was Jerusalem and much of the Jewish nation. He emphasizes that doing evil to prevent evil is futile and stresses the need for a practical and theoretical commitment to avoiding sin in all forms. The speaker highlights common rationalizations for sin and encourages living according to God's will, underscoring the need for grace to truly understand and live this principle, seeking the intercession of Mary, the Immaculate Mediatrix of all graces.

00:00 – Introduction and Prophecy of Temple's Destruction
00:24 – Historical Context: Destruction in 70 AD
00:37 – The Sanhedrin's Role in Jesus' Condemnation
00:59 – The Futility of Evil Actions to Prevent Evil
01:14 – The Challenge of Avoiding Sin in Practice
02:42 – Rationalizing Sinful Actions: Lies and Distractions
03:49 – Developing Convictions Against Sin
05:01 – Seeking Grace for Righteous Living and Conclusion

Ave Maria!

Mass: St. James of the March - Mem -
Readings: Tuesday 34th Week of Ordinary Time -
1st: dan 2:31-45
Resp: dan 3:57-61
Gsp: luk 21:5-11

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