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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Thursday of the 7th Week of the Ordinary Time Download This Homily

February 28, 2019

Thursday of the 7th Week of the Ordinary Time


Sir 5:1-10

Ps 1:1-4, 6

Gospel MK 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 it 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."


 Have Salt in Yourselves

 

In today’s Gospel passage we see Jesus speaking four things. First- If anyone gives you a drink of water, he will not go without reward. Second- Don’t become a cause of sin for others. Third- If your hands, legs or eyes become a cause to sin, it is better not to have them. Fourth- have salt in yourselves, without saltiness it is worthless.


This looks like four different sayings. But I think they all are connected. The human life has a purpose. All our physical, mental and spiritual powers and talents are given to us with certain purpose. If we use these powers and talents negatively it is better not to have them. Jesus warnings are in strong words and moving us out of our comfort zones.  With your intellectual capacity if you are misleading people it is better that you don’t come to the human community, better to be dumped in the sea. Jesus says it would be preferable for a person to die this way than for them to cause one of His little one to fall into sin. If your powers and talents are cause for your sin it is better not to have them. The real purpose is the saltiness. If that saltiness is lost it becomes worthless. Jesus says, “Have salt in yourselves.” Otherwise our life becomes worthless.


Jesus used the image of salt to describe how his disciples are to live in the world. As salt purifies, preserves, penetrates and making the food better so the disciple must be as salt in the world of human society to purify, preserve, and penetrate that society for the kingdom of God and of his righteousness and peace.


This image is similar to the yeast which also Jesus used.  A little bit in the dough makes the whole thing rise.  A little salt adds flavor.  Does my small, simple presence in my neighborhood or community provide a similar effect?


Dr James ML CMI


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