Daily Bread for Tomorrow
Thu. Feb 23, 2017: Sirach 5:1-8; Mark 9:41-50
Salt is good, but if salt becomes insipid, with what will you restore its flavor? Much of Sirach might be the tasteless salt Jesus has in mind. But today it’s got a kick to it: “Say not, ‘I have sinned, yet what has befallen me?’” Still, that’s nothing compared to Jesus, who salts his words with fire: “If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off!” Same goes for your foot or your eye. Oh, we know Jesus is just being metaphorical. Really? So, cut off your metaphorical hand then! Lent hasn’t even started yet, and we’re already getting an examination of conscience. But you have to take seriously someone who will literally have his hands and feet nailed to a cross. Dear Lord, plant us like a tree near running water, whose leaves never fade.