This week’s Gospel passage is a little on the gory threatening side advising you to cut off a hand if it causes you to stumble instead of having two hands in hell. Yet our hands only do what our heart and mind tells them to do, so let’s reflect on what we’ve done to create stumbling blocks for others and work to fix that.
Take out a piece of paper and place it horizontally in front of you, gather colored pencils or pens. If you wish, you can start out general with something like “I don’t talk about my faith with others.” Write that near the bottom of the left side of the paper. Think of something else and write that in a different color, direction or size, and feel free to switch between printing and cursive. Keep going and write down specific incidents like “making fun of people who believe differently” or when you didn’t respond well to someone you know. You’re trying to create a pile of garbage so you don’t want it to be readable when you’re done.
Just make sure to keep space on the right side because when you’re done, you’re going to draw yourself walking away from the garbage that has created stumbling blocks for others and making a fresh start.