Thursday 23 February 2017

Thu 23rd. St Polycarp. Ecclesiasticus 5:1-8. Happy are they who hope in the Lord—Ps 1:1-4, 6. Mark 9:41-50.

Readings

Beware of becoming a stumbling block.

Faith that does not touch our lives is as useless as flavourless salt.

We have a vital role to play in the world, and if we stop witnessing, our own faith dims like a light hidden under a bushel basket. The little ones Jesus speaks of are his true followers, often derided by others for being out of touch with reality.

But Jesus warns us about giving scandal to them, not just in obvious ways like harmful gossip, but through other means that place stumbling blocks to the faith in the paths of others. These are often the things we fail to do, like laziness, cowardice or selfishness.

These attitudes hide our light and we become shadows of all we could be. Lord, help us to believe in our own goodness, let the light of goodness shine, so others, seeing this light, can find their way to you.

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