Letters from a Pastor to His People- January 24, 2021
Have you ever had an epiphany about one of your behaviors? I know the feast of the Epiphany was last month, but the theme of revelation or epiphany is pertinent, I think, to the readings today. The town of Nineveh has a 'wake-up call' with Jonah's preaching and they change. Jonah reveals to the people just how destructive their behaviors are, and they repent. Jesus too speaks of repentance. Peter, Andrew, James, and John receive a sort of revelation when Jesus calls them: they leave their old way of life and convert.
So, back to the question. Have you ever read something or seen something that has made you realize, Wow, that's me or Yikes, I'm doing that, and tried to change? Or maybe had someone reveal something to you? I had a recent example.
As I mentioned in a homily a few weeks ago, some priest-friends and I are reading Glittering Vices by Rebecca DeYoung. It's a book on the Seven Deadly Sins. The chapter on gluttony opened my eyes.
OK, I'll make a public confession: I commit the sin of gluttony. You might be surprised, thinking I'm pretty thin. Sure, I talk a lot about Malnati's, but it doesn't appear like I overindulge.