One would be amazed to reflect on the influence and power we can have over people what we say and what we do can influence others, be it for better or for worse. Today’s Gospel gives an example of how others can be adversely affected by our bad influence. Jesus says to the scribes and Pharisees: “You shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither enter yourselves, nor allow those who would enter go in.” those are very grace and shocking words, but nonetheless it shows the reality of the devastating power and influence that we can have over others. But, on the other hand, we are also capable of influencing others to rise above the difficulties of this world and to reach for heaven.

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