On Today’s Gospel

Posted: February 24, 2022 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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Today’s readings are harsh and perhaps incomprehensible to many. For if taken literally then almost all of us will be entering ‘heaven’ maimed, disfigured and handicapped in more than one way. Jesus came however to save us from our sins and the consequences of having sinned against God. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Jn 3:16-17

Does this mean however that we can take His love and mercy for granted to do as we please? Do neglect our brethren in need? Or to share false teachings that lead others astray? For indeed if we refuse to heed the Gospel then we are truly doomed.

Let us strive therefore the eradicate all sin and sinfulness in our lives by turning to Jesus our Lord in the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist so that we can live fully in His love. For through Him alone we are set free! Amen

First reading
James 5:1-6 ·


The Lord hears the cries of those you have cheated

An answer for the rich. Start crying, weep for the miseries that are coming to you. Your wealth is all rotting, your clothes are all eaten up by moths. All your gold and your silver are corroding away, and the same corrosion will be your own sentence, and eat into your body. It was a burning fire that you stored up as your treasure for the last days. Labourers mowed your fields, and you cheated them – listen to the wages that you kept back, calling out; realise that the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. On earth you have had a life of comfort and luxury; in the time of slaughter you went on eating to your heart’s content. It was you who condemned the innocent and killed them; they offered you no resistance.

Gospel
Mark 9:41-50


If your hand should cause you to sin, cut it off

Jesus said to his disciples:
‘If anyone gives you a cup of water to drink just because you belong to Christ, then I tell you solemnly, he will most certainly not lose his reward.
‘But anyone who is an obstacle to bring down one of these little ones who have faith, would be better thrown into the sea with a great millstone round his neck. And if your hand should cause you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter into life crippled, than to have two hands and go to hell, into the fire that cannot be put out. And if your foot should cause you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter into life lame, than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. And if your eye should cause you to sin, tear it out; it is better for you to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell where their worm does not die nor their fire go out. For everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is a good thing, but if salt has become insipid, how can you season it again? Have salt in yourselves and be at peace with one another.’

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