In this Sunday's Gospel lesson, Jesus calls upon us to be attentive to what we say or do that might be a stumbling block to others. Here is part of the text taken from our Gospel reading which is Mark 9:38 - 50.
"If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea. If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire." Mark 9:42
This is rather strong language, isn't it? Of course, Jesus didn't mean it literally. It is hyperbole. He does indicate that we need to eliminate whatever might get in the way of presenting the gospel for others to understand.
May God's blessing be upon your meditation of these words and on your worship this Sunday.
Discipleship Questions for Reflection
What stumbling blocks might you be putting in the way of others?
What is it that other Christians do that you feel might be a stumbling block to people considering Christianity?