May 23, 2013
Mark 9: 41-50
Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward. If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea. 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.
And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell,
where “the worms that eat them do not die, and the fire is not quenched.”
Everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with each other.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
Salt for Your Heart
Integrity, focus, an open mind, even a “tasty” heart — in today’s gospel Jesus invites us to measure our attitudes and actions with these time-honored life qualities. But then the messiness of life and its relationships enters, and I lose focus as my heart becomes divided, even parched. And so I begin to drift and my relationships suffer…especially those relationships I hold most dear. Here is where today’s reminder from the book of Sirach can help: “Delay not your conversion to the Lord, put it not off from day to day.”
What is one step I can take today to turn my life back to my God? To whom do I need to apologize or make amends? Which Pentecost gifts might anchor my heart anew as “ordinary time” begins? Go for it!
—The Jesuit Prayer Team
Lord, sometimes we drift away from people who at one time meant so much to us. Perhaps a disagreement, perhaps the separation by distance has dulled our relationship or placed an emotional fence between us. How do you want us to move forward with such relationships? Our desire is to listen to your guidance and any promptings toward reconciliation. Be with those who are removed from our hearts and bring them closer to you.
—The Jesuit Prayer Team
Please share the Good Word with your friends!