The readings of this Sunday give us great pause over two issues. The first being, can people be true Christians without joining my Church? The second is something that at this time hits closer to home. What is the danger of scandal?
The first is easy to answer because the Church believes some might be hindered in believing the fullness of the gospel and could worship God in another denomination.
The second is harder and requires introspection. Because of the sex-abuse scandal and even things in our society that cause scandal, we may not see the greater need for holiness and cutting off of the hand, foot or poking out the eye. But, unchecked sin can be a cause for division and sin in others. And, this is the more important thing.