Blast from the Past(or)
Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Cut it out.....I hear this idiom often. Whether it's Fr. Tyburski asking me to cease strumming the guitar so loudly in the rectory (Father doesn't realize that I am writing songs that will make the whole world sing. See you all at the Grammy's) or an elderly and dear brother priest requesting that I stop addressing him as 'dude,' I'm appealed on occasion to 'cut out' idiosyncrasies by people who find them especially burdensome, annoying or troublesome. I'll try to work on these things. Jesus makes a similar appeal to me today, however His graphic language is not directed at my irritating habits. Rather, Jesus wants us to cut out obstacles to our salvation. He describes 'cutting off' or 'cutting out' our hand, foot or eye if these things are portals to a life incompatible with the follower of Christ. What do we have to 'cut out' of our lives? Honest reflection makes that a tough question! What are the inconsistencies in my life that I need to reconcile with Christ? Our Lord 'eats and drinks with sinners.' He has come to call 'not the righteous but sinners' and He even asks us to forgive as much as 'seventy times seven.' But as Savior, He is also vigilant to protect us from those things that would bring harm to the promise of Heaven. God desires you! 'For God so loved the world that He sent only Begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him might have eternal life.' Amen. Is anything blocking that promise for you? If so, we have our work cut out for us.
God Bless you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Fr. Thomas Fallone
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