So there we have it!!
The Ninth and Tenth Commandments are kind of recapitulations of the Sixth and Seventh Commandments
We have concupiscence in us that attracts us to what is not good for us
Paragraph 2514 says, “St. John distinguishes three kinds of covetousness or concupiscence: lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and pride of life. In the Catholic catechetical tradition, the ninth commandment forbids carnal concupiscence; the tenth forbids coveting another’s goods.”
Lust of the eyes is greed, meaning I want to possess another thing
Lust of the flesh is wanting to possess and use another person
They come from the same place even though they manifest differently
“I am willing to take what is not mine.”
Let’s listen to Fr. Mike tell a story about a man who went to a resort for a conference…
The treats weren’t his
The women on the beach were not his either
This is the same brokenness
It is also the same beginning of a solution
Because when he saw the candy, he said those are not his so he would not take them
He decided not to entertain the thought about taking a second glance at the women on the beach because they don’t belong to him, they belong to themselves
Hopefully they belonged to the Lord too
The lust of the flesh and lust of the eyes can be tempered by the same statement of truth
THIS IS NOT MINE
We experience concupiscence in different ways
The brokenness is the same in all of us
For some people lust of the flesh may not be a big deal
But maybe lust for food, cigarettes, etc. has a hold on them
How do they get free from that?
Paragraph 2517 says, “The heart is the seat of moral personality: ‘Out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, fornication…’ The struggle against carnal covetousness entails purifying the heart and practicing temperance: Remain simple and innocent, and you will be like little children who do not know the evil that destroys man’s life.”
Temperance means these treats are nice, but they are not mine
They are not meant for me to use them
I can say no to this
Let’s listen to Fr. Mike talk about Anastasia who asks her dad for advice on whom to marry…
The person who can fast and be temperate and say no to their concupiscence will also be able to say no to himself in many other desires
Temperance doesn’t happen all at once
Let’s listen to Fr. Mike talk about a man who struggled with lust of the flesh…
Some people have the experience where they go to the Lord and He heals them automatically
Most of us experience gradual progress in freedom
Paragraph 2518 says, “The sixth beatitude proclaims, ‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.’ ‘Pure in heart’ refers to those who have attuned their intellects and wills to the demands of God’s holiness, chiefly in three areas: charity; chastity or sexual rectitude; love of truth and orthodoxy of faith. There is a connection between purity of heart, of body, and of faith: The faithful must believe the articles of the Creed ‘so that by believing they may obey God, by obeying may live well, by living well may purify their hearts, and with pure hearts may understand what they believe.’”
One of the Articles of the Creed is that Jesus Christ suffered and died for you so that you could be set free
Jesus Christ has conquered death and sin by His life, death, and Resurrection
He has given us new freedom
Do you believe that or not?
Do you really believe that in your life and with all your sins and attractions to sin?
Do you really believe that Jesus Christ and the power of His Cross can actually set you free?
Let’s listen to Fr. Mike talk about his best friend Nick and his wife, Jocelyn who were not yet Catholic…
God can give us a new and pure heart
It is not just about modifying behavior
If we do not believe that Jesus Christ truly has conquered sin and death, then why obey Him?
If we do not believe that He can actually set us free, then why should we even try?
We believe these Articles of the Creed
We know what Jesus has done for us
We know the Power of the Holy Spirit in us
By believing the Articles of the Creed, we can obey God
When we obey God, we live well
Too often, people see obedience as slavery
As opposed to by obeying the Lord, this is a good life
This is what it is to live well
By living well, your heart becomes more and more aligned to the truth
We can now see God more and more clearly
And then with pure hearts, we can understand what we believe
Paragraph 2519 says, “The ‘pure in heart’ are promised that they will see God face to face and be like him. Purity of heart is the precondition of the vision of God. Even now it enables us to see according to God, to accept others as ‘neighbors’; it lets us perceive the human body-ours and our neighbor’s-as a temple of the Holy Spirit, a manifestation of divine beauty.”
We can actually not just see the person as parts that are more attractive or less attractive
We can see the human person
We can see the human body and see the human person
St. John Paul II said, “The body and it alone is capable of making visible what is invisible, the spiritual and the divine.”
And so the more and more we are living in obedience to God, the clearer and clearer we see
So when we see people’s bodies, we are not tempted to reduce them to parts or use them for our own lust
When we see the body, then we see the person because the body and it alone is capable of making the visible the invisible, the spiritual and the divine
So we pray for that gift of sight so that we can see people and love people as they are, and be loved by people as we are
Fr. Mike is praying FOR YOU!!
Please pray for Fr. Mike and for each other!!
I cannot WAIT…