Thursday Seventh Week of Ordinary Time
How do we need to grow in the ways of the Lord? Are we willing to be a “radical” for Christ? The word “radical” comes from the Latin word which means “root.” Are we willing to sink our roots deep into Christ? Are readings bring us as we draw closer to Lent to be making the things that will improve us to give God glory.
In our first reading from the book of Sirach, it is masterfully writing as it lists all the ways we avoid sinking our roots deep into Christ. We avoid Christ when we rely on our riches, proud living, trusting in other things other than God and when we fail to repent. The writer strongly counsels conversion without delay.
Our Psalmist encourages us to go the opposite way and tells us when we are like a tree that sinks its roots deep into the ground to reach the well-spring of God’s grace we will live in abundance.
In our Gospel, Jesus is trying very hard to get his disciples to be radical by sinking their roots deep within him. Jesus uses very strong words to the point of exaggeration. If I were to take his words serious about cutting off my hand, foot, and eye that causes me to sin, I would not have very many body parts left. Jesus tells them that even the smallest of kind gestures will not go unnoticed and if we lead someone away from God, it will not go unnoticed. Jesus wants his disciples to be like salt that brings life to food, and when put into a fire it makes it hotter.
Why are we resisting not sinking our roots deep into Christ? What are those vices in our lives that prevent our roots from growing? The largest room in the Christian’s life is the room for improvement.