Mark 9, 41-50:
“If anyone who is an obstacle to bring down one of these little ones who have faith, would be better thrown into the sea with a great millstone around his neck”.
Today Jesus is speaking again of the radicalism of following him.
We cannot follow him half-heartedly. Everything that prevents us from following him and being like him, we have to cut it out and we have to tear it out. Even though it costs us much to cut off the right hand or to tear out an eye.
The Kingdom of God is worthwhile and deserves that everything is left behind for him and be subordinated to him.
Also, Jesus is shown today as very hard with whoever causes evil and does harm to defenceless people: “It would be better thrown into the sea with a great millstone around his neck”.
Try to apply to yourself this maxim of St. Anthony Claret: “I will have with God, the heart of a son. With myself, the heart of a judge. And with my neighbour, the heart of a mother”.
Antonio Sanjuán Marín, CMF