Liturgical Colour : Green
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, on this day all of us as Christians are reminded by the Lord through the Scripture readings we heard today, to be genuine and true disciples of His, in all of our words, deeds and actions. He mentioned it in the Gospel today, when He spoke of which actions constitute as sins against the Lord, even in the matter of mere thought and intention, and how we ought to resist against sinning.
The Lord Jesus mentioned the danger of having even the intentions and thoughts of sinning, in whatever form it is, as intentions eventually lead to the deed, if we do not do anything actively in order to resist those temptations and the allure to commit the sin. That is why, what the Lord Jesus told us today is that, all of us who are Christians, cannot be complacent in our faith.
It might seem very scary to us that the Lord Jesus told His disciples and the people to pluck out their eyes and cut off their hands in the case that those organs and limbs leading us towards sin. But that is exactly the danger of interpreting and seeing the words of the Scripture literally as it is. The Lord was not ordering us all to cut off our limbs and destroying our organs and senses if we are tempted to sin, but in fact, He was telling us to be active in resisting the temptation to sin.
Why is that so? That is because, if we are to do as the Lord had asked us to do, then almost everyone, if not everyone will become paraplegic or paralysed, without limb, blind, deaf or mute, since everyone is a sinner, and all of us mankind are easily tempted by various means to sin, be it with our eyes, or our ears, or our tongue, or our limbs, hands and feet.
Remember, brothers and sisters in Christ, God has blessed us and given us these organs and limbs, for us not to commit those sins, but instead, to bring glory to His Name. We are all expected to do our best, to fulfil what He had commanded us to do, through our organs, bodies, limbs, through our minds and hearts, through our entire being.
All of us must be active in our faith, by doing all that we can in order to serve the Lord, by our good deeds and by our actions. We must do so, so that the more good and faithful deeds we commit in life, the more capable we will be in resisting the temptation to sin and do what is not right in accordance to the Lord and in His teachings. When we sin, we tend to sin more and more, since our senses and minds will be dulled by the sins we commit.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, all of us are called to seek the Lord by sincerely doing what we need to do, by doing the acts of love and mercy to our brethren, forgiving all those who have slighted and hated us, by praying for those who persecute us and consider us to be their enemies. Let us all seek peace and harmony in all things, and do our best to show the examples of our faith through our actions.
It is by living our faith to the fullest, by our words, actions and deeds that we will be able to come to the fullness of grace and love by the Lord, and He will bless us all forevermore, remembering our faith and the dedication with which we have devoted our whole lives to. May the Lord empower us to become ever better and more faithful disciples of His. Amen.