Keeping the values and truth of the Gospel Print

Sunday 30 September 2018: Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Anyone who is not against us is for us. If your hand should cause you to sin, cut it off.

Praying with the Holy Bible...Those who are within the community of faith have a great responsibility to uphold and protect the truth and values of the Gospel – 'these little one who have faith' are not the children in the community, but members of the community who may be led astray. What are we to make of Jesus' drastic advice to 'cut off' bodily members that may 'cause sin'? If they refer to person morality – the more frequently heard interpretation – they are a reminder that faithful discipleship may call for heroically painful decisions. (As we know, the Semitic forms of expression used by Jesus are surprisingly strong to our ears.) There is a strong case, however, for an interpretation of these words as following on from reference to the 'little ones'. In this interpretation they would refer to exclusion from the community, of persons who would corrupt the faith of insecure believers.

Extract by John Thornhill sm - read more at The Emmaus Series | Image courtesy of