DAILY CHEWING STICK FOR MONDAY 13TH NOVEMBER 2017(Wis 1:1-7; Lk 17:1-6).
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Our Help is in the name of the Lord, Who made Heaven and Earth.
Thank You Lord for the gift of a New Day with New opportunities. Bless us and bless the works of our hands today and forever. Amen.
Dearly Beloved in Christ, it was JESUS who said:LET HIM WHO IS WITHOUT SIN CAST THE FIRST STONE. In other words, we all have SINNED and fallen short of God’s glory.
It was Pope Francis who said: ST. PETER COMMITTED ONE OF THE GREATEST SINS, DENYING CHRIST, AND YET THEY MADE HIM POPE. In other words, No man is an island or perfect.
But however, we MUST NOT glory in SIN, we MUST NOT take pleasure in the death of the wicked, we MUST STRIVE DAILY to come out of SIN and not drag OTHERS or lead them astray. Hence, Jesus said in the Gospel today: OBSTACLES OR TEMPTATIONS ARE SURE TO COME, BUT ALAS(WOE UNTO) FOR THE ONE WHO PROVIDES THEM (Lk 17:1)!
Brethren, OBSTACLES or TEMPTATIONS in this context has to be understood as SCANDALS(which means to lead someone into sin).
Scandals are given in various ways. Let us think of those times and moments we have led others to THINK or ACT sinfully, uncharitably, speaking against our friends, colleagues, Boss, Subordinates and neighbours, against the Church(Doctrines & Ministers), by impure talk and insults, etc!
We also give scandal by our actions in various possible ways: by offering opportunities or occasions of sin, giving someone too much to drink, by immodest and provocative dressing or actions.
We even give SCANDALS by omission(failing in our duties). Parents give scandal to their children by neglecting their duties as Christians, Missing Sunday Mass, not correcting their children when they should.
Again, many people are making their money through WORKS OF SCANDALS; for example, by producing and acting immoral movies, publishing magazines that do nothing but arouse and create UNHOLY & UNEDIFYING thoughts in the readers, as good as INTERNET is, those who installed PORNOGRAPHY in it seems to have done our generation MORE HARM THAN GOOD, as Fornication, Adultery, Masturbation, Homosexuality, Lesbianism, Incest, Abortion, etc; are now in every corridor of our streets, engaged in by the YOUNG AND THE OLD. selling of alcohol, hard drugs for smokers, pictures and running places of amusement like Brothels for PROSTITUTION are all occasions of sin.
This is why Jesus said: WOE UNTO THE MAN OR WOMAN THROUGH WHOM SCANDALS COME! WHAT A GREAT EVIL HE PERPETRATES!
IF YOU OH LORD SHOULD MARK OUR GUILT, LORD WHO WILL SURVIVE?
Dear Brothers and Sisters, let us take advantage of the MERCY OF GOD and live Good lives. Remember what St. Bernard said that SCANDAL GIVERS ARE WORSE THAN THE EXECUTIONERS OF CHRIST.
We influence each other in one way or another. We will never go to HEAVEN or to HELL(God forbid)alone. Many others will follow us on account of our example, BE IT GOOD OR BAD.
While driving across a Nursery and Primary School one day, I saw PICTURES & INSCRIPTIONS written on the Fence Wall of the school to educate the kids. I had to stop to look closely at one that has the picture of a boy and girl holding hands about to CROSS A TARRED ROAD WITH UNCOMING VEHICLES. Then the inscription was: DO NOT CROSS THE ROAD WITHOUT LOOKING LEFT, RIGHT & LEFT AGAIN. But somebody who is very mischievous or do I say wicked had gone to clean the DO NOT, and what was left was CROSS THE ROAD WITHOUT LOOKING LEFT, RIGHT OR LEFT AGAIN.
Are you leading others aright to eternity or astray to……!
Good Morning and May God bless our New Week. AMEN.
Rev. Fr. Francis Onugha(Fada Kosi Much).