Tuesday of the 12 week in ordinary time 'b'
Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not give what is holy to dogs, or throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them underfoot, and turn and tear you to pieces.” Very strong statement, and it might be shocking to us. What does Jesus mean? What is so holy? For me the sacraments are holy, and we need to treasure them, but at times these holy things may be given to some people who don’t really deserve them, or who may not be ready to receive them. If they don’t joyfully treasure them, then the sacraments are disrespected, they are ‘given to the dogs.’ How about the sacrament of baptism that is only received because it is a tradition to follow, or the grandparents requested it, but the parents and the family don’t intend to raise the child in the faith? How about Holy Communion received without the belief that this is truly Jesus and not only a nice symbol? How about the sacrament of confession, received only because I was told to go to confession? How about the sacrament of matrimony in the church, entered into only because that what everybody is doing? We can continue with many examples like these, but today we are invited to think about what is holy for us and how do we treat the Holy: with respect and understanding, or is it meaningless?