Thursday, February 28, 2019

Sometimes we keep the sin in our lives well protected, guarded, covered over with lies. Sometimes we "believe" we are not free enough to own our sin, so we cannot be healed of it………. An unacknowledged wound cannot be healed.

“The depravity of man is at once the most empirically verifiable reality but at the same time the most intellectually resisted fact.” ― Malcolm Muggeridge: (1903 – 1990: was an English journalist and satirist.)

Gospel Text: (MK 9:41-50)
Jesus said to his disciples:
"Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink
because you belong to Christ,
amen, I say to you, will surely not lose his reward.

"Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, 
it would be better for him if a great millstone
were put around his neck
and he were thrown into the sea.
If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off.
It is better for you to enter into life maimed 
than with two hands to go into Gehenna,
into the unquenchable fire.
And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off.
It is better for you to enter into life crippled 
than with two feet to be thrown into Gehenna.
And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out.
Better for you to enter into the Kingdom of God with one eye
than with two eyes to be thrown into Gehenna,
where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.

"Everyone will be salted with fire.
Salt is good, but if salt becomes insipid,
with what will you restore its flavor?
Keep salt in yourselves and you will have peace with one another."

Jesus seems to be adamant about telling us to get rid of everything in our lives that lead us to no good.  Whether it be our hand, foot, eye, as well as unhealthy thoughts and actions.  For most of us, like myself, if we were to take his words literally, we would all be maimed in one way or another!  I don’t think Jesus had in mind that we should cut off a hand, foot or poke an eye out.  But, I do believe he is challenging us to take time to examine our life and actions and set about making right where we are going astray!  

What are some ways we can do this?


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