Many Christians today are mostly indulged in escapism by easily seeing the evil in others but ignoring their own evil deeds, Rev. Fr. John Chomba Mubanga, M.Afr, has observed.
“Today, most of us consider ourselves to be so much better than the other. We easily see the evil in others and blind ourselves to see the evils in us,” he lamented.
Fr. Mubanga said this in a Homily at Mass at the Blessed Sacrament Parish at Abelenkpe in the Accra Archdiocese.
It was on the theme: Looking Good Does Not Necessarily Imply That Our Hearts Are Good.
Fr. Mubanga noted that just like the Scribes and Pharisees in Jesus’ time, ” … we have murdered the good name and reputation of others with our gossiping and lies.”
He said as Christians, people should not only be concerned about adhering to the formal laws, rules, and customs of society but more importantly, showing genuine love, compassion, care, and solidarity to others without expecting anything in return.
He exhorted the faithful to strive at eschewing anger, hatred, jealousy, lust, regrets, gluttony, and gossiping as these “hold us back from the presence and loving care of God.”
“My brothers and sisters, let us examine our hearts to see if there is still anything holding us back, such as anger, hatred, jealousy, lust, regrets, gluttony, and gossiping, and let us offer them all to God for healing before we can offer any gift to God or even partake in the Eucharist,” he admonished.