Today we hear Jesus telling us to cut off a hand, tear out an eye rather than harm another. Is he serious ? We are not intended to take these word literally but we are expected to take them seriously. Jesus is telling us that if something that is part of our life is causing us to sin, or has become a problem, we may need to cut it off. Jesus knows that we tend to go with the flow rather than take action to cut out, rather than to cut down. Many suffer from addictions of one kind or another. The alcoholic knows there is only one solution to the problem of drink and that is to cut it out. Today we are invited to take time to reflect on our weaknesses and with God’s help to address them.