Carmelo Caparros
Mar 8, 2020

INTRODUCTION

BBC Report dated February 20: “In an effort to deal with the sex scandals rocking the Roman Catholic Church, the Pope has convened an extraordinary summit of bishops in Rome. This follows his recent, unprompted, admission that priests had exploited nuns as “sex slaves” at a convent in France.

Pope Francis decided to call this global conference after discussions with the so called C9. This is the group of nine cardinal advisers who were appointed soon after Francis was elected.

This news article gives us an idea why Jesus EQUATES LUST to ADULTERY. The act of adultery begins in the SINFUL HUMAN HEART. Adultery NEVER HAPPENS in a VACUUM; it is always the by-product of a DIRTY THOUGHT LIFE.

In this sermon, Jesus declares to us His RADICAL SOLUTION to LUST in TWO POINTS:

I. THE SINFUL EYE
1. SOLUTION: GOUGE it OUT
2. REASON: BETTER to LOSE THE EYE than for the BODY to go to hell.

II. THE SINFUL HAND
1. SOLUTION: CUT it off
2. REASON: BETTER to LOSE THE HAND than for the BODY to go to hell.

When it comes to SIN, we need to be RUTHLESS with our hearts. Let us allow the GOSPEL to perform this RADICAL SURGERY in our hearts that we might become the KIND of PERSON God intends us to be.