Friday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time
(II Kings 11:1-4.9-18.20; Matthew 6:19-23)
The medical profession has sounded the alarm on obesity. It tells us that people in the United States are digging their grave with forks and knives. When will it make a similar cry about “sexual obesity,” the pandemic of porn that has enveloped the country? The facts are that young people who have looked at pornography are more likely to have multiple lifetime sexual partners, to have used alcohol and tobacco at their last sexual encounter, to engage in forced sex and to become sexual offenders. This alarming report readily verifies what Jesus tells us in today’s gospel.
Jesus says that the eye is the lamp of the body. He means that what the eye takes in will either bring light or darkness to the person. Viewing pornography will darken the both body and spirit. It will lead to corporal excess and deteriorate the possibility of positive relationships.
As neither government nor even the medical establishment seem much concerned about pornography, it is incumbent bring about us to curtail it. We must be vigilant about it entering our own computers and mobile devices. We also want to assist friends and those to whom we minister who have already been ensnarled in pornography’s web to climb out. We should refer them to twelve step groups programs if not professional help when necessary.