Posted by: fvbcdm | July 28, 2015

Feast of Saint Samson (28 July 2015)

Question: where in the bible do we find mention of underwear? And not just underwear, but dirty underwear? And then not just dirty underwear, but dirty, ROTTEN underwear???

The answer is: in the book of the Prophet Jeremiah, chapter 13. We tend to think of scripture as inspiring, uplifting, reverent, and beautiful. But in the first reading of today’s Mass, we come to this funny and very graphic lesson given to us by God. The prophet Jeremiah, who lived in Israel about five hundred years before Our Lord, is told to buy some new underwear (it was called a “loincloth” in those days) and put it on. After wearing it a while, God instructed him not to wash it, but to go bury it in a cleft of a rock in the desert. Later, he was instructed to go get the hidden loincloth which was by that time dirty and rotten because of the passage of time. And God made it clear that he would allow the pride of Judah and Jerusalem to rot because they had not obeyed him.

“I wanted them to be my people, my renown, my praise, my beauty,” God says. “But they did not listen!”

In matters of religion, obedience is essential. God commands; we obey. God leads; we follow. “If you love me,” says Jesus in the gospel, “keep my commandments.” If you do, you will be spiritually successful and you will become a saint. If you do not, you will be about as useful to me as a dirty rotten old pair of drawers. It’s a pretty graphic and dramatic indication of how God feels about disobedience. Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.

Note:  This message was composed some years ago.

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