It is one thing for us to fall into sinfulness. While that is a serious matter, it pales in comparison with the consequences that could befall us if we participate through word or action in encouraging others to sin. Today’s gospel provides us with a stern warning in this regard.
Jesus said to his disciples,
“Things that cause sin will inevitably occur,
but woe to the one through whom they occur.
It would be better for him if a millstone were put around his neck
and he be thrown into the sea
than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin.
Be on your guard!
If your brother sins, rebuke him;
and if he repents, forgive him.
And if he wrongs you seven times in one day
and returns to you seven times saying, ‘I am sorry,’
you should forgive him.”
But you and I are thinking, “Surely not I, Lord. I would never do such a thing!”
Really? Do we curse and take the Lord’s name in vain in front of our friends, our spouses, or even our children? Do we show dishonesty in our work lives? Do our friends and family see us being uncharitable, unmerciful, impious, selfish and lazy? If so, we are leading them into sin and we must stop doing it.
We profess to be followers of Jesus. Can we prove it with our lives?