Homily (Reflection) for Thursday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time (II) (24th May, 2018) on the Gospel

Jas 5:1-6;
Ps 48:14-20. (R. Matt 5:3);
Mk 9:41-50.

Topic: Helpers and problems.
Note that in some versions of the bible two verses, 44 and 46 are missing in today’s gospel. This is because they are replications of verse 48, “where their worm never dies, and their fire is never quenched.”
Jesus said in today’s gospel, “For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward.” Again,
If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea.
Jesus also warned all to remove whatever that will cause others to sin. And that nothing is too much to sacrifice for the sake of life (heaven). Whoever fails to enter into life will be thrown into “hell, where their worm never dies, and their fire is never quenched.”
Saint John heard these words, “‘Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord henceforth.’ ‘Blessed indeed,’ says the Spirit, ‘that they may rest from their labours, for their deeds follow them!’” (Rev 14:13). Again, “...we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive good or evil, according to what he has done in the body” (2Cor 5:10).
Whoever despises the word of God brings destruction on him/herself, but those who respect them will be rewarded, cf. Prov 13:13. May we therefore listen to the word of God and be helpers and never problems to others.
Bible Reading: 2Cor 4:16–5:10.
Thought for today: You shall be rewarded, cf. 2Chr 15:7.
Let us pray: May God help us to be helpers to everyone in need – Amen.
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