Greetings in the name of our Lord JESUS Christ,
A THOUGHT ON THE GOSPEL TODAY:
You are writing a Gospel,
A chapter each day,
By the deeds that you do,
And the words that you say.
Men read what you write,
If it's false or it's true.
Now what is the Gospel
According to you?
How will our Gospel read when our space and time on this earth is over? I met a young child in front of a CVS store one night selling “Boot Leg” movies. The child asked if I would like to buy a movie, I smiled and answered no. I then asked the child if he knew what he was doing is against the law and that it is stealing from the movie makers and the actors in the movie. The child informed me in a strong voice that he was not stealing and not doing anything wrong because his daddy gave him the movies to sale, I prayed for God to have mercy.
In this case and so many others the Bibles we are writing we can see in the children around us. Some of us use speech which is of Satan and not of God, so our children go out into the streets sounding like garbage cans. Some of us are writing our scriptures of how to use drugs, alcohol and become angels of death because we are teaching our children. Some of us are writing the seeds of ignorance by putting no value on education. Consider this if you think getting an education in America is hard; think about spending the rest of your life in poverty.
Are we teaching from our Bibles the gospel of hate in the way we talk about and treat others in our homes, communities and nation? Sit down some times and just listen to what children are talking about, they are reading out Bibles.
We have created God in our own image when we are convinced that God hates all the same people we do."
Whenever you want to draw lines in order to mark who is outside the kingdom and who is inside, always remember: JESUS IS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE LINE! Jesus is always with the outsiders!
-A Millstone is talked about in this Gospel reading which is very important. "If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea." (Mark 9:42, NRSV)
Mark 9:38-50. Stern teaching against putting "stumbling blocks" in front of any who are seeking to follow the way of Jesus — outsiders, little ones, or even oneself. Rather than creating or tolerating stumbling blocks, disciples of Jesus are actively to remove them, even if at high cost to themselves.
Please consider the Bible you are writing and who is reading it, and those who will continue to reading it long after your time on earth.
In the Master’s Yoke,
+James Salisbury, OSB.,
Archbishop Metropolitan, Rector