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Friday, June 13, 2014

And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?” (Matthew 16:26) - Daily Bible Reflections June 13,2014


A CUT ABOVE THE
REST
 
“If your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off and throw it from you....” – Matthew 5:30
 
Aron Lee Ralston is widely known for having survived a canyoneering accident in Utah in 2003, during which he amputated his own right arm with a dull multi-tool in order to free himself from a dislodged boulder that had trapped him there for five days and seven hours. After he freed himself, he had to climb down a 65-foot cliff face to reach safety. He documented  this in his book Between a Rock and a Hard Place. He doesn’t see what he went through at the time he lost his arm but rather, when he got back his life.
       Hopefully we don’t have to reach that point where we have to physically cut off a body part, too. But there may come a time when we may find ourselves between a rock and a hard place, like maybe finding a bag with the money you desperately need at the moment to pay for your son’s operation. Or getting a big bonus at work for keeping quiet about some anomalous transaction. It’s like deciding between the devil and the deep blue sea. Our choice will reveal who the real Lord of our life is. Ronna Ledesma (ronna_ledesma@yahoo.com.ph)
 
Reflection: “And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?” (Matthew 16:26)
 
Abba, grant me the courage to “cut off” whatever is necessary when I find myself being tempted.
 
St. Anthony of Padua, priest and doctor of the Church, pray for us.

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