I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

My Reflection for Thursday February 27, Seventh Week in Ordinary Time, Mark 9:41-50

Gospel: Mark 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 if 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.”
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What does sin bring to our lives? Injury, sin wounds our lives and our relationships. Sin also dims the light of Jesus in our lives and it pervades the influence of the evil one in our lives.

When Jesus told the disciples the severe punishments to sin He was in effect telling them that they must avoid sin at all cost because there’s always a price to pay for someone who sins. It served also as a warning and guide for the disciples as they face the many temptations of  their mission for Him.  

But why do we sin? Why do we allow sin to overcome us? We sin because we love this world more than we love Jesus. We sin because we purposely reserve a dwelling place for the devil in our lives. We sin because we love a problematic life more than a peaceful life with Jesus.

However, come to think of it; what if we try to avoid sin? There would be peace in our lives, we would have less human created problems and we would surely be closer to Jesus. Just try to avoid sin even for only a day and see the blessing that it would bring into your life. Then, try to avoid sin for a week, for a month and for the rest of your life.   

If we avoid sin we avoid contact with the evil one, if we avoid sin we invite Jesus to come into our lives. ..

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