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Thursday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time

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Gospel text (Mk 9:41-50): Jesus said to his disciples: «If anyone should cause one of these little ones who believe in me to stumble and sin, it would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a great millstone around his neck».

Jesus said to his disciples: “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were put around his neck and he were thrown into the sea."
Jesus said to his disciples: “Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ, amen, I say to you, will surely not lose his reward. “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were put around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed than with two hands to go into Gehenna, into the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut if off. It is better for you to enter into life crippled than with two feet to be thrown into Gehenna. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. Better for you to enter into the Kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into Gehenna, where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched. “Everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good, but if salt becomes insipid, with what will you restore its flavor? Keep salt in yourselves and you will have peace with one another.”

Illustration: + Mr. Josep Lluís Martínez i Picañol (Picanyol)

Today we hear some very harsh words. It is a very strong warning coming out of Jesus’ tender heart: He cannot tolerate that we may "offend" the souls (my sons, my brothers...). We must lead and accompany our loved ones through good roads, where they can grow as individuals, and as children of God.

-Do you like the food without salt? The good salt that we are should not become tasteless, and much less, poisonous.