26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Reading I: Numbers 11:25-29 II: James 5:1-6
Mark 9:38-43,45,47-48

38 John said to him, "Teacher, we saw a man casting out demons in your name, and we forbade him, because he was not following us."
39 But Jesus said, "Do not forbid him; for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon after to speak evil of me.
40 For he that is not against us is for us.
41 For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ, will by no means lose his reward.
42 "Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung round his neck and he were thrown into the sea.
43 And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire.
45 And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell.
47 And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell,
48 where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.

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Jesus instructs his disciples about how to be a witness of Christ. It involves tolerance for those who are not members of the Church: "whoever is not against us is for us" (v.40). At the same time, Jesus advocates intolerance for sin, as this is a matter of life versus death.

  1. In my daily life, where have I given bad example to others and thus "leading them astray?"
  2. Which are the occasions, the situations that tend to lead me to my oft-repeated sins? How willing am I to avoid these tempting occasions/situations?

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