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Luke 17:1-6

The Word of God

Jesus said to his disciples, 'Occasions for stumbling are bound to come, but woe to anyone by whom they come! It would be better for you if a millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea than for you to cause one of these little ones to stumble. Be on your guard! If another disciple sins, you must rebuke the offender, and if there is repentance, you must forgive. And if the same person sins against you seven times a day, and turns back to you seven times and says, "I repent", you must forgive.' The apostles said to the Lord, 'Increase our faith!' The Lord replied, 'If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, "Be uprooted and planted in the sea", and it would obey you.

Luke 17:1-6
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    • Jesus tells us that despite our efforts to lead a good life, we are sure to stumble. He understands this and hence his lovely gift of Reconciliation. But he warns us of the great damage we do if we are responsible for causing others to stumble. Our being together should be for our mutual support and not for causing others to be led astray.
    • Be grateful for all those who, through the grace of God, helped you to live your faith in the shadow of Jesus. Realising our own weakness and realising too how the Lord is so considerate towards us, helps us to be more Christ-like when we need to forgive others.
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    • ‘Forgive us our trespasses,’ we repeatedly say to God – and we need to repeat it as we trespass again and again. You tell me, Lord, to be as patient with others’ repentance as you are with mine. Thank you, Lord. I needed this reminder. Forgiveness is not a cover-all blanket, but a reaching out towards the one who repents. You bid me be discerning, not foolish; but when I forgive, it must be a burying of the hatchet without marking the spot.
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    • The image of the millstone round the neck sends shivers down the spine. I pray for “the little ones” who have been made to stumble in our present-day Church.
    • “Occasions for stumbling are bound to come”. Jesus picked himself up three times and continued on the Way of the Cross. Can I come to terms with my own stumbling ways? If I can, then maybe there will be a little more compassion in my heart for my equally fragile neighbour.
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    • Today, Jesus is warning us to be very careful as to how we influence each other. We must not tempt anyone either by word or deed or any action of ours to act in any way that is against the rules of society. We are also called to repentance, if someone hurts us or angers us we are asked to forgive them, and we are also asked to seek forgiveness if we are in the wrong.
    • Jesus, we are so quick to ‘name and blame’ so quick to judge, so prone to holding on to grudges that we have against another person even though this may have happened so long ago. Teach us how to forgive Father as you have forgiven us.
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    • ‘Little ones’ means vulnerable people who cannot defend themselves. Have I ever hurt or diminished someone weaker than myself? Am I a bully? If so I beg forgiveness of God and pray for those whose happiness I have taken away.
    • Do people think of me as someone who forgives easily? Jesus never holds grudges against anyone, and I must become like him to be a true disciple.
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    • ‘Forgive us our trespasses,’ we repeatedly say to God – and we need to repeat it as we trespass again and again. You tell me, Lord, to be as patient with others’ repentance as you are with mine.
    • As I ask forgiveness for any ill example I have given, I realise that God receives me with joy.
    • I think of how I am challenged and ask God to help me when I need to give witness by my words or actions. I ask that I may know when to speak and when simply to give example through my way of living.