Ordinary Time, 23rd Sunday. The NFL punished Jim Irsay under its "Personal Conduct Policy." The same policy applies to owners, coaches, players and officials. They expect good behavior on and off the field. The Commissioner makes the final decision.
Jesus has given his Disciples a Personal Conduct Policy. He holds all of us to a higher standard, in church and outside of it. Every Christian is expected to Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and Love your neighbor as yourself. The 10 Commandments give us the specifics.
Jesus doesn't appear to punish us for violating his Personal Conduct Policy. The truth is that He will be the final judge, but for now he asks us to hold one another accountable. Take someone aside and politely tell them they are capable of more and worth more. Jesus intends to help us every step of the way: Mass, Confession, prayer, the Church, and our brothers and sisters. Let's encourage each other to play to the best of their ability.
(7 Sep 2014)