Monday, August 27, 2018

 

READ:

Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You lock the Kingdom of heaven before men. You do not enter yourselves, nor do you allow entrance to those trying to enter. “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You traverse sea and land to make one convert, and when that happens you make him a child of Gehenna twice as much as yourselves. “Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘If one swears by the temple, it means nothing, but if one swears by the gold of the temple, one is obligated.’ Blind fools, which is greater, the gold, or the temple that made the gold sacred? And you say, ‘If one swears by the altar, it means nothing, but if one swears by the gift on the altar, one is obligated.’ You blind ones, which is greater, the gift, or the altar that makes the gift sacred? One who swears by the altar swears by it and all that is upon it; one who swears by the temple swears by it and by him who dwells in it; one who swears by heaven swears by the throne of God and by him who is seated on it.”

–Mt 23:13-22

 

REFLECT:

One can imagine the sadness and righteous anger of Jesus as he looked upon the teachers and guides of Israel and saw their pride, obstinacy and hypocrisy. They were charged with teaching and leading the people, but were corrupted and became “blind guides”. And we see that through their blindness, they led others astray. There is a temptation today to lose hope in the face of all that confronts the Church and the world. How can we continue with all this hypocrisy? However Christ calls out the Pharisees to alert them to their blindness, and to draw them back into the truth. Ultimately we know that the light of Christ has already triumphed. His fire is a purifying fire, and it is good—albeit painful—to be purified. Let us pray and sacrifice for the purification of the Church, and for the light of Christ to transform and cleanse individuals and institutions!

 

RESPOND:

Make a sacrifice today and offer it up for the sanctification of the Church and all of her members.

 

Today’s Health Challenge: Rejuvenate

Today, try to preform 5 min of stretching today

 

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