PLUCK OUT AND CAST AWAY

Friday: 14th June, 2019

Reference text: Matthew 5:27-32

Matthew 5:29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

Students are taught to remember that understanding any question is halfway to the mark. Thus, the question has to be read carefully to pick out key terms and to know exactly what is being asked for because too often, the excuse is ‘I didn’t see the other part’. That is exactly how today’s Gospel has appeared to me because it seems whenever I have read it, I only noticed the ‘pluck out’ but not the ‘cast away’ part of this verse.

Throwing away things which we do not consider ‘rubbish’ is something many of us find difficult to do. Hence, we come up with interesting reasons to justify our inability to do so: ‘what if we need them later?’ or ‘it’s not really garbage’. With these reasons, we keep holding on to things we ought to be detached from because we are worried about throwing away.

But have you thought of this: if we can go as far as cutting off or plucking out, why then are we afraid to throw away? That final action is important because when something remains within reach,
it is easier to find a reason to reach out and find use for it even though its place in our life may be unwarranted.

So Sweetheart, the things you cut out, are likely things to also throw away. Don’t be afraid to do so nor keep them too close, lest you are tempted to embrace them again.

#sly

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