Reflection on Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48
I am Catholic, baptized in the name of The Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is my Savior and I am born again. If you are a Christian from any denomination please love me because we are brothers and sisters. Yes, I believe in the real presence of Jesus and humbly acknowledging it, but differences such as these should not separate us from Jesus or from each other or create animosity. Peace be with you.
Mark 9 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
38 John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” 39 But Jesus said, “Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. 40 Whoever is not against us is for us. 41 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.
Temptations to Sin
42 “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. 43 If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire.
45 And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than to have two feet and to be thrown into hell. 47 And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into hell,
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48.