Just another Sunday Gospel Reflection…
Gehenna, a millstone, or a cup of cold water…
Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice. — Robert Frost
Still others say, the world will end with Christ.
I believe that Christ’s message today is all about attitude. Like the Apostle John, when it comes to attitude, most of us are either hot or cold. We fail to see, sometimes, that coldness can be just as big a threat to the good of our souls as hot-headed anger. The hurt that sins of negligence and omission cause others can lead them to sin. The burden of the grudges we bear sometimes can be heavier than a millstone bearing down on our own neck. If we learn from Christ, we can lighten that burden.
“If your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out!”
On hearing these words, we tend to think of sins of greed and lust, while we might be overlooking our sins of blindness. Hardness of heart toward others, failure to forgive, bearing tough grudges — is there someone in your life you’ve been giving the cold shoulder? Perhaps he or she needs a cup of cold water, from you.
Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me. – Matthew 25:40
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