Sep 30 (Mk 9:38-43, 45, 47-48)

There is an extremely deceptive way, in which Eskimos in the North Pole kills an animal…

… especially a wolf

The Eskimo coats a very-sharp knife with animal blood & allows it to freeze.

>> Then he adds another layer of blood & another & another – until the blade is completely concealed by frozen blood.

Next, the hunter fixes this blood-coated knife in the ground with the enticing sharp edge of the blade upwards.

When a wolf follows his sensitive nose to the source of the scent, he begins to lick it, tasting the fresh, frozen blood.

>> Then he licks faster, more & more voraciously, lapping the blood until the knife edge is almost bare.

So great becomes his craving for blood that…

… the wolf is mysteriously unaware of the naked blade on his own tongue

… nor does he recognize the instant at which his thirst is being satisfied by its OWN warm blood.

Unknowingly, his life leaks away…as his craving for the tempting blood increases….!

The Result?

>> A Dead wolf!!

All from the suicidal blade -…..caused by the great and cunning technique of Deception!

Is not the effect of sin in our lives following a similar style?

>> Like the bear, we are attracted to Sin – something which “looks” pleasurable, which “appears” good and which “seems” nice

But the danger that lurks behind these “deceptive” looks are not taken into consideration.

We continue to take pleasure in the “blood” of sinful pleasures and tempting enticements.

But we fail to realize that “slowly getting used to sin and sinful ways”, our life is being drained out and we are inching towards our death.

The Gospel of the Day presents Jesus making a strong exhortation on the dangers posed by Sin and the intense need to overcome anything that comes on the way of holiness.

Jesus says, “If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off…

If your foot causes you to sin, cut it off…

If your eye causes you to sin, pluck it off..” (Mk 9: 43-47)

These are very strong and powerful words of our Blessed Lord.

Our Lord came to the World as a Saviour – to redeem the world from sin.

>> It is sin that causes separation of human beings from God.

Therefore the Lord clearly asks to us make choices and radical decisions to let go of anything that can cause us to sin or move away from His Holy Will.

We need to examine our lives and check…

… My hands:

> Do I engage in activities which are uncharitable and which causes pains and hurts to others?

> Do I fail to extend my hand to those in need and those whose lives can be bettered by my helping hand?

… My feet:

> Do I stray away into paths of immorality, injustice and indifference?

> Do I fail to direct my ways on the path of righteous living, holy conduct and true worship?

… My eyes:

> Do I direct my eyes into things which are unbecoming of my way of life and with an intention to fulfil my sinful inner cravings?

> Do I move away from seeing the suffering and miseries in the world and become closed to discover the spark of Divinity in the other?

Jesus wishes that our Christian lives, not become a scandal or a stumbling block to the other…

… Rather, He desires that we be honest to our calling as a Christian..

… and walk firmly and with courage, in the path of perfection with Him and towards Him!

Let us be inspired by the words of Servant of God, Fr Peter Marie Mermier – the Founder of the MSFS Congregation (Missionaries of St Francis de Sales)

>> The most virtuous (people) avoid sin and great faults…

… but they are careless in the practice of virtue.

It is not enough to avoid evil but it is necessary to do good

… The love of God is efficacious.

>>There is nothing as strong and as active as love. It is a devouring fire!

And with respect to prayer…

“The ministry of a priest without prayer, is a barren ministry, without any effect, even harmful; it is a ministry of death!

… instead of enlightening, it blinds;

… instead of healing, it kills!

>> But the ministry of the one who prays, is a ministry of life!”

Let us seek to avoid the dangerous deception of sin…

…. And instead – armed with prayer – let us be virtuous in daily acts of love!

Happy Founder’s Day to all the Missionaries of St Francis de Sales!

God Bless! Live Jesus!

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