Thursday, February 22, 2018

Palm Sunday homily Don’t fool and deceive, says priest

Don’t use your position to fool and deceive. And be careful about taking sacred actions and making them into avenues for destruction.

So said Monsignor Christian Pereira as he delivered the homily at the Palm Sunday mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church, San Fernando yesterday.

Referring to the story on the passion, crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ, Pereira said it was time people stop protesting their innocence when in fact they are guilty.

He said, “When we are guilty of something we are the first to say not me...but the first person to say not me, is probably the ring leader. Look at our world...the politicians talk most about not being corrupt. The sportsmen who will tell you that they never use drugs. We try to use our positions to fool and deceit...look at Judas. If you are not guilty you have nothing to defend. Let people say what they want to say. If you are guilty more often enough, like Judas, we find ourself protesting our innocence, claiming no it was not me...when in fact I am the one that is guilty.”

Pereira warned about the dangers of money and deceit. He said sometimes the need for money and material things becomes so great that people lose their minds and are willing to sacrifice anything and anyone.

“Nothing is wrong with money, we all need money. We all need to have material things, but sometimes our need for money and need for material resource becomes so great that we lose our mind almost and we are willing to sacrifice anything and anybody to get what we want. We become so consumed by material things that we lose our perspectives, we are prepared to crucify our families, our spouse, sometimes our children,” he said.

And the sacred action of a kiss, he said, should not be used as a dagger to destroy someone. “These sacred actions are very often used to destroy People feel a little sex is all right and in two twos they lose perspective. If you don’t love me don’t kiss me. We have to be careful about taking sacred actions and making them into avenues for destruction. We all are bright people and think we know and have control, but scriptures challenges us not to use sacred actions inappropriately and for wrong reasons,” he said.

Before the sermon, the parishioners raised their palms and walked through the streets in a procession to commemorate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem.