Only a few verses are left out between September 25 and October 2:
Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Occasions for stumbling are bound to come, but woe to anyone by whom they come! 2It would be better for you if a millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea than for you to cause one of these little ones to stumble. 3Be on your guard! If another disciple sins, you must rebuke the offender, and if there is repentance, you must forgive. 4And if the same person sins against you seven times a day, and turns back to you seven times and says, “I repent”, you must forgive.’
These hard words on the necessity of forgiveness are especially important in light of the Faithful all week post on Tuesday. Last Sunday's Gospel reading shows us Jesus the chasm-crosser. And invites us to cross chasms also. The biggest chasm perhaps is the chasm that can only be crossed by forgiveness.
Next Sunday, the reading begins with the apostles asking Jesus to increase their faith. How right they are! To live this radical forgiving life that Jesus invites us into takes more faith than we can muster (certainly more than would send a mulberry flying through the sea!). And thankfully our forgiving, chasm-crossing Lord has enough faith to go around.