July 27, 2021
Each day, I reflect upon a word or a phrase from the readings of the day. I encourage you to do the same and perhaps incorporate that word or phrase into your daily prayer.
The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his Kingdom all who cause others to sin and all evildoers. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the Kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears ought to hear. (Matthew 13:36-43)
WHOEVER HAS EARS: In today’s language, Jesus would probably say something like, “This means you!” or “Got that?”
We have ears and are capable of hearing, so this applies to all of us. We all struggle with our own personal baggage. We are imperfect; we are broken. We are sinners that stumble and fall often. Jesus knows that and accepts us regardless. He loves us through it and in spite of it.
However, we mustn’t pull others down with us. We must not spread hate and divisiveness with our words or actions or model selfishness by ignoring others that are obviously in need. We must not invite others into our darkness or push them away when they reveal their own brokenness.
Our sin is one thing, but causing others to sin is quite another. We must love others enough to protect them from sin. Got that?