Homily (Reflection) for Monday of the Thirty-Second Week in Ordinary Time (I) (13th November, 2017) on the Gospel
Ps 138:1-10. (R. v.24);
Topic: Leading others astray.
Today’s gospel is taken from the sayings of Jesus on scandal, forgiveness, and faith. Our homily is focused on scandal.
Occasions for stumbling are bound to come, but woe to anyone by whom they come! It would be better for you if a millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea than for you to cause one of these little ones to stumble.
It is very important to mark the strong words Jesus used in this warning. Death will not even be enough punishment. Such persons are not worthy of having their tombs marked, hence, a millstone around the neck. These words of Jesus can be likened to the words He used about His would be betrayer, cf. Matt 26:24; Mk 14:21.
Stumbling/scandal can come through one’s actions, words, and inactions. Sometimes one is entangled in this mess just to achieve one ulterior motive or the other. One must do, say, and avoid what he/she ought to. All must be very careful to avoid whatever is wrong because what one considers light may not be so for the other person.
Bible Readings: Mal 2:1-9.
Thought for today: Neither stumble nor make anyone stumble.
Let us pray: Lord, help us to gather every creature to you through our words, actions, and inactions – Amen.
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