Posted by: livingscripture | May 19, 2016

Seventh Thursday of Ordinary Time

 

From the Word of the Day

If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out.    (Mark 9: 43)

  How should we live this Word imagesCAAP5NO9

 Scandal is a devastating power in regard to the good.  It presents examples of evil or of indifference before situations that would require our effort.  Thus, it is necessary to be Disciples of Christ, to distance thoughts and attitudes contrary to the Gospel.  Otherwise, we are responsible for all those who imitate our bad example and do not follow the Gospel way.

We must not give in to compromises.  If our work leads to dishonesty, we must absolutely renounce illicit gain and corruption.  If our feet scandalize us in the sense that they bring us to places where we would betray our fidelity to God and our Christian conscience, we must not go.  If our eyes pause on scandalous images or see indecent TV programs or even porn, we must absolutely stop and avoid them, otherwise, we risk falling into evil thoughts and dishonest actions.

The mass media is certainly a magnificent instrument that opens us to science and beauty, but if it is badly used, it can become the occasion of immorality and obscenity.  We must, therefore, educate the eyes of the body and of the soul to value what is beautiful and good and reject what pollutes and goes against the true values of life and of the human person.  We must avoid half measures and weakening accommodations that distance us from God.

Lord, help me to be the salt and the light of the world.  Do not allow my words and actions to be obstacles and occasions of scandal for others, especially the little ones.

The Voice of Pope Paul VI

Your life says search for Christ:  Christ placed above all your thoughts; Christ lived and witnessed to in the world; Christ seen and served in our brethren.  Your life is the imitation of Christ.

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