September 30th, 2012
Holy Gospel: Mark 9:38-50
P: The Holy Gospel according to Mark.
C: Glory be to Thee, O Lord
Anyone Not Against Us Is for Us
John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we
tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” But Jesus said, “Do not stop him, for
no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of
me. For the one who is not against us is for us. For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you
a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward.
Temptations to Sin
“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for
him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. And
if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with
two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it
off. It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell. And if
your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God
with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, ‘where their worm does not die
and the fire is not quenched.’ For everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good, but if the
salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and
be at peace with one another.”
P: This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C: Praise be to Thee, O Christ.