Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/110716.cfm
Jesus said to his disciples, “Things that cause sin will inevitably occur, but woe to the one through whom they occur. It would be better for him if a millstone were put around his neck and he be thrown into the sea than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. Be on your guard! If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he wrongs you seven times in one day and returns to you seven times saying, ‘I am sorry,’ you should forgive him.”
And the Apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” The Lord replied, “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.”
Do we ever think about this statement? “…woe to the one through whom they occur”? Do you realize that when you sin you hurt others too, not just yourself? Sin is not personal, it is communal and effects those around you. When you lead others astray you make your sin worse, especially if it influences children. The innocent watch their elders and do what they do. How have you influenced the children around you? For good or for evil?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, for any wrong I have done and influenced others to join me, I ask your forgiveness. I ask for healing for them and myself and the guidance to not sin again. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.