“If your hand causes you to sin cut it off and if your foot causes you to sin cut it off.
And if your eye causes you to sin pluck it out.”
These statements are incredibly strong and some of us might even find them offensive. They are certainly not the kinds of statements we’ve come to expect from Jesus. And while I don’t think that we’re expected to take them literally they do carry a certain weight and importance that we can miss if we simply gloss over them. All of the readings today seem to speak of tolerance in one way or another.
Often we might find the Gospels or the teachings of Jesus difficult to understand or interpret. But in this case, it just seems so clear. We are all human we are all the creation of God. The Lord’s advice is designed to be provocative. We are being challenged profoundly, and it can be lost on us if we remain too focused on ourselves.
This is obviously shocking and seems nonsensical when we hear it and that’s precisely the point, it is…
Join Ricardo da Silva SJ as he reflects on the readings for the Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B.
You can find the texts that this reflection is based on in your bible:
Numbers 11:25-29; Psalm 19:8,10,12-13,14; James 5:1-6; Mark 9:38-43,45,47-48.
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