The Word of God - Cutting Language

The Church is made up of human beings and so it is far from perfect. This is all too painfully obvious from the sexual abuse scandals that continue to hit the Church. We are discovering that the grave evil of sexual abuse has been widespread in a variety of institutions - not just the Catholic Church - and it is most commonly found in families. However people rightfully and naturally expect more from the Church.

Jesus’ language is deliberately hard-hitting in the gospel reading today, to make the point that any behaviour that causes scandal must be dealt with decisively.

"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.”

Sometimes, no matter how painful it might be, we need to cut something out of our lives in order to begin new growth again.

It could be a relationship which is particularly toxic, or an addictive habit (even though this can take a long time to do so), or something from our work-life. The pattern of cross and resurrection is always applicable though. Death - or smaller deaths to certain sins - leads to new life.

Fr Gianni Notarianni O.S.A.

Parish Priest

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