Jesus said to his disciples, “Occasions for stumbling are bound to come, but woe to anyone by whom they come! It would be better for you if a millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea than for you to cause one of these little ones to stumble. Be on your guard! If another disciple sins, you must rebuke the offender, and if there is repentance, you must forgive.
And if the same person sins against you seven times a day, and turns back to you seven times and says, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive.” The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” The Lord replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Many professions require an oath to do no harm. Firmly rooted in the practice of medicine, counseling, therapy, or other such fields is this value of helping and doing nothing but good. This lifestyle is what Jesus is calling us to: a lifestyle so permeated with goodness that we don’t even want anyone else to do anything wrong. Sometimes it seems easier to let others fall or make choices that may not consider the people around us. Since our true nature is community and togetherness, let us grow in virtue alongside, rather than independent of, our neighbors.
Stir up in your Church, we pray, O Lord, the Spirit that filled Saint Josaphat as he laid down his life for the sheep, so that through his intercession we, too, may be strengthened by the same Spirit and not be afraid to lay down our life for others. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
—Collect prayer for the Memorial of St. Josephat, Bishop and Martyr
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