DO WE GATHER SOULS FOR CHRIST OR SCATTER THEM?
Saturday of the Fifth Week of Easter (16 May 2020)
📖Acts 16:1-10; Ps 100:1-2, 3, 5 (R.v.1); John 15:18-21
Do you know that what constitutes a scandal may not really be something sinful? That is the point that St Paul makes in 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 concerning the food offered to idols. That is also why he had Timothy circumcised before he could follow him to a mission (cf. Acts 16:2-3) even after the gentiles had been dispensed of it by the Jerusalem Council (Acts 15).
How do you treat matters that could affect the faith of other people negatively? Remember Jesus’ warning, “If anyone should cause one of these little ones who believe in me to stumble and fall into sin, it would be better for him to be thrown into the depths of the sea with a large millstone around his neck” (Matt 18:6).
It is said that clear conscience fears no accusation, but a clear conscience must also embrace the virtue of prudence.
However, even when you have done all with the intention of protecting the faith of others, never think that your effort would always be appreciated. Jesus already warned us to expect the kind of treatment he received being meted out on us (cf. John 15:18-21). All you need to do is to allow the Holy Spirit to direct you in all things (see Acts 16:6-10).
May God give us the grace to abstain from any form of scandal but uphold exemplary lives that would win souls for Christ. Amen.
Have a beautiful weekend, spent with Christ the Lord. Peace be with you.