Tuesday of the Twenty-Eight Week in Ordinary Time ‘c’
Every so often, I might have a conversation with someone who would ask me what my opinion was about the forms of receiving Holy Communion during mass. Recently, during the time of the pandemic, we were asked to sanitize our hands before going to communion and to take communion to the hands. There was some confusion and even some division among us. Some of us were always taught to get communion in our hands, some only on the tongue, some would kneel, and most would stand. Does all of this matter to God? Well, I don’t think so. For over 2000 years of Christianity, the forms of receiving Jesus in the Eucharist have been changing all the time. And today we hear some very important words of Jesus -- it is not how you appear outside, but what is inside of you -- that matters to Jesus. “The Lord said to him, Oh you Pharisees! Although you cleanse the outside of the cup and the dish, inside you are filled with plunder and evil.” It is not how you receive Jesus; it is about your clean and loving heart.