Zenit posts a reflection on Sunday’s readings. Thomas Rosica, CBS, has been under fire lately for calling out LifeSite and acting in a generally un-echo-like manner toward other pro-lifers. Was it serendipidity that he landed this weekend’s gospel and this commentary? Have a sample:
In the second half of the passage, we find a miscellaneous collection of sayings that call for a stance of self-criticism. The disciples are directed to reflect on their own style of life and ministry. Do any of their words or actions serve as stumbling blocks for the children of the Church? Mark uses words of Jesus against scandal and the misuse of one’s hands, eyes and feet. Jesus does not mandate mutilation. He has a typically Semitic way of speaking — graphic, vivid, even exaggerated. Nothing, no one comes before Christ. Jesus’ command to “cut it off” is not mutilation, but rather an invitation to liberation. It liberates us to love without reservation, not trapped in the self-love where everything and perhaps everyone, even God, himself, must revolve around me. The fascinating paradox of this story is this: The more we focus on the God who lives in us, on the people God cherishes in a special way because they are more needy, and on the earth that God saw as being “very good” (Genesis 1:31), the richer will be our delight in ourselves. Human life is a matter of relationships: with God, with people, with earth.
It’s interesting the priorities of these tussling partners. Fr Rosica offers spiritual reflections on the Scriptures, the liturgy of the Church. LSN’s main page greets you with a fundraising banner, an alternative, if you will, to sending pennies to CCHD. Lots of news links–not unlike Zenit. A sidebar will give you the opportunity to educate yourself and get involved politically. But not very much on the spiritual side of the Christian life. No reflections on a pro-life theme for the Sunday liturgy–at least none that I could find.
Fruits. Knowing. Put it together.