Dirty Cups

January 17, 2019

“Lord, cleanse my soul and I will be truly clean.” Jesus seemed to have a way of angering people by pointing out certain truths and challenging people with the truth. One particular incident occurred when he spoke to the Pharisees about how they followed every rule and law, but failed to love their neighbor. He said that they were like dirty cups. The outside was washed clean, but the inside remained unwashed and dirty.

We spend a lot of time on soap, shampoo, deodorant, cosmetics, and even more time on washing clothes, visiting doctors, buying drugs, cooking, cleaning our cars, raking our yards and on and on and on. How much time do we spend on caring for our souls? Do we even give a thought for our spiritual health?

Daniel Fachting, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist, Lay Minister at Our Lady of Hope Parish in Clare, and Chancellor for Knights of Columbus Council #3029. He can be reached at fachtingcounseling1@gmail.com or by calling (989) 386-8166.

Daniel Fachting, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist, Lay Minister at Our Lady of Hope Parish in Clare, and Chancellor for Knights of Columbus Council #3029. He can be reached at fachtingcounseling1@gmail.com or by calling (989) 386-8166.

I’m not saying that caring for our physical needs is not important. I want the dishes clean. I need to take a shower, wash my hands, and get the house work done. The yard needs to look good and I must take care of my health. Yet, when all of that is done and I’ve spent a lot of time and money if I have not cared for my spiritual life, I’m a lot like the cup that is clean on the outside and still dirty on the inside.

I’m sure that all of us are appropriately dressed, use good language, and act appropriately. We are very good at taking care of our external needs. But, how many of us pray every day? How many of us attend church services on the weekend? How many of us volunteer in helping others? How many of us go out of our way to make others a priority? What are you doing to cleanse your soul? How many of us read the daily scriptures?

Our souls are soiled by sin, both our own and others. They are soiled by resentments, bad feelings toward our selves and others, by selfishness, by being unforgiving, by how we have harmed ourselves and others. Our souls are soiled by our insistence on living our own way and not living God’s way. Our souls are soiled by the lies we have unwittingly accepted from the world. It’s overwhelming and so we pray, “Lord, cleanse my soul and I will be truly clean.”

“May the Lord bless and keep you. May he let his light shine upon you and give you his peace.”



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