On Today’s Gospel

Posted: August 25, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Pharisees

Are we modern day pharisees and scribes? Is there a disconnect from love in our service to God and His Church? These are hard questions we need to ask ourselves today. All our hearts, minds and direction must be ordered towards the love of God and His people. If there are any questions about Church matters instead of relying on hearsay, we can always look it up in scripture, Catechism of the Catholic Church, General Instruction Of The Roman Missal or even seek clarification from the Parish Priest.

If you think NO like this is not and cannot be happening today in the Church of today as we have evolved…..Think again…here are just a few examples

  • Before you can book the funeral parlour in one Church and paying for all expenses and admin fees which is rightfully due, you have to make a separate $300 contribution to the Church building fund.
  • Whether I am needed or not, I must be seen serving in Church! I have a right to serve God!
  • All parents to note, you are to come with your children for the Church program meeting every thursday for 5 weeks at 8pm sharp. Otherwise you will be marked absent and 90% attendance is required otherwise…. No excuses or reasons will be tolerated.
  • Even if you child fusses in church a little it is still not alright, you need to bring him/her outside. Maybe you should consider not bringing him/her to church till he/she is older.
  • We have been doing it his way in Church since XXXX Why should the Bishop or Pope start changing traditions, I will not follow!

Let us never lose focus on whom we serve and may we always serve Him well; as we serve others in love and charity with and for one another. Our aim is to leads others towards the kingdom of God and not away from it hence we can do so only in love, in body, mind and deed ordered toward the love of God. Amen

GOSPEL

Matthew 23:13–22

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.”

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