Going back to the readings from last weekend, the last part of the Gospel is the one that seems the hardest. It’s the one where Jesus says, “If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. For it is better for you to enter into life maimed than with two hands to go into Gehenna,” (Mark 9:43) and He goes on including many body parts. Obviously, this is hyperbole, but it’s shocking enough to get our attention. Is it really that drastic? Is this “life” worth all the maiming? It’s a place to stop and think. Are there things that we are doing with our hands, eyes, feet that are keeping us from the life God wants for us? If you think about it for just a moment, it’s not hard to come up with things. Are you using your hands to type messages of encouragement or of gossip and negativity? Where are your feet taking you today? What will you give your eyes to see? Even the little things are important. Watch carefully today. Be encouraged by the things that give you life, and change what needs to be changed. And that’s not hyperbole.