"Garbage in, garbage out."
We all know that this saying applies to the direct relationship between data put into a computer and that which is produced from it. If the data contains errors, so does the ensuing report; if it is accurate, the resulting report is too.
Can we apply this saying to life as well? There are many studies and anecdotal evidence to suggest so. If our senses are bombarded with violent images, we have a tendency to have angry or even violent reactions to the smallest things; for example, road rage. If we listen to music which spews hate, disrespect, and sexism, we will tend to be hateful, disrespectful, and sexist ourselves. If we watch TV or movies with loose standards of morality, we are much more accepting of those standards ourselves.
Paul understood over 2,ooo years ago that whatever we human beings allow to take hold of our minds will eventually find expression in our words and actions. As a result, Paul called on believers at the Church of Philippi to think about good things and to retain a prayerful relationship with God.
In this way, it will be God, not the pollution of a culture, who will guard the minds and watch over the behavior of the faithful.
"Finally, brother and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise think about these things Then the God of peace will be with you."
And..."Garbage in, garbage out" will be transformed into "Goodness in, goodness out."
-Fr Sas, October 5 Homily
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A