Scripture Reading: Mark 9:42-50
St. Bernard says that human beings are a heap of worms, and the food of worms by whom they will ultimately be devoured. Hence, the ruthlessness with which God treats sin, and demands sin to be treated, is very obvious in the scriptures. His hopes and plans for mankind when He finished creation, didn’t stop God from destroying almost all human race just to eradicate sin. He demanded a thorough search in the time of Achan, and executed a swift judgment when sin was discovered. His love for David didn’t make Him wink at sin when David strayed; He passed an unchanging verdict. Sin has been the only one thing that succeeds to create an irreconcilable gulf between God and His creature (Isa. 59:1-2). Once it comes, a sharp separation occurs, and for this reason, God doesn’t take it lightly.
Jesus, in our theme scripture displays the same aggression against sin, the same thoroughness in searching out sin in our lives, and in saving ourselves of its devastating consequences. Cut it off! He says, to whatever may cause us to experience a separation from God. Beloved, the Lord Jesus commands us today, that whatever thing may be the cause of your distance from God, must be aggressively dealt with.
Beloved how aggressive are you in the matter of ridding yourself of this venom that makes you repugnant to God? Do you pamper it, or hide it? Or maybe you even excuse it, and deceive yourself about it’s severity?
Beloved, do not be light about sin, don’t make jokes about it, God does not. Don’t harden your heart about any wrongdoing, nor use your condition, or societal norms to explain it away. CUT IT OFF!
The commemoration of the Death and Resurrection of our Saviour Jesus Christ, gives us another opportunity to lay down our bundle of sin, and the sinful self at the foot of His Cross. Beloved, it is good to be reminded of what awaits the one who decides to ignore this urgent command of the Master; the pain of hell.
MASS: VIOLET Num 21: 4-9; Ps 102:1-2. 15-17. 18-20 (R.1); Jn 8: 21-30.
Let’s pray with St. Alphonsus Liguori: “O my gracious Redeemer; as often as I have sinned, I have banished You from my soul. I have done that which if it were possible for You to die, would have taken Your life. Lord I now hear You asking me: Why, what evil have I done to you? What displeasure have I offered you that you should insult me so grievously?
Lord, You have given me everything. What answer can I make to You? Only that I have deserved a thousand hells. But I rely upon Your mercy. Remember the love You have shown