A while back I started a series on the seven capital sins. I intended to finish it before this weekend, because this is the feast of Christ the King, and I knew the gospel reading for this weekend speaks about judgment, and condemnation.
I have spoken about greed, sloth, pride, and envy. The last three are wrath, lust, and gluttony. Since I intended to have this series done by this weekend, I will try to wrap it all up and then speak for a moment about the last four things, as they are classically presented: death, judgment, heaven, and hell.
I think when we look at the seven deadly sins, they fold in on each other and are best described as different facets of the same stone. That stone, surprisingly, is not hatred of God, but is love of self. There are so many “self–help” books and programs in our society today, and not a one of them recognizes this problem that I am aware of.
It is this glorification of self that leads the goats in the Gospel to ask the question “when did we see you, Lord…” Contrary to that, we see in the sheep a level of humility that leads …read more
Source:: Fr. Frank Jindra’s Homily Podcasts