What Really Matters?

The
apostle John is indignant because Jesus’ name is being used by a
man who is ‘not one of us.’ Jesus has a more generous and
inclusive vision. If the man is using Jesus’ name to bring healing,
there is no reason to stop him; Jesus has come to bring healing for
everyone. Today’s readings invite us to focus on what is really
important. Jesus uses dramatic language to emphasise the reality of
sin: if your hand should cause you to sin, cut it off… He is
telling us, not to mutilate our bodies, but to cut out of our lives
anything which leads us away from faith in him. St James warns the
rich that their wealth and comfort will not last – they can’t
take it with them. Instead, we are invited to store up treasure in
heaven. Even for the smallest acts of kindness, we will not lose our
reward.

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