What Did Jesus Mean by ‘Cut Off Your Hand’?




Full Question

What did Jesus mean by asking us to cut off our right hand, etc., if it causes us to sin?

Answer

It is not literal. Jesus was using exaggeration/hyperbole to make a point. It’s similar to when people say, “I’m so hungry I could eat a horse” or “I’d give my left arm for that.”

Jesus’ point was simply that we need to make a serious effort to avoid sin and keep our focus on things that are eternal rather than passing.


By Fr. Charles Grondin





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