On Today’s Gospel

Posted: February 23, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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A humble contrite heart you will not spurn O Lord. Let my heart not be hardened with the cares of the world. I want not honour or recognition for what I do. I seek only that You look upon Your child with approval.

Guide me in my thoughts, words and actions so that I may only do what is pleasing to You. Help me not allow stubbornness or fear to creep up over me, instead let me always be open to Your Will for me.

Thank You Jesus for Your gentle whisper into my heart. Let Your servant now and forever be attentive to Your call. Amen

First reading
Isaiah 1:10,16-20

Hear the word of the Lord, you rulers of Sodom; listen to the command of our God, you people of Gomorrah.

‘Wash, make yourselves clean.
Take your wrong-doing out of my sight.

Cease to do evil.

Learn to do good,
search for justice,
help the oppressed,
be just to the orphan,
plead for the widow.

‘Come now, let us talk this over, says the Lord.

Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.

‘If you are willing to obey,
you shall eat the good things of the earth.

But if you persist in rebellion,
the sword shall eat you instead.’

Gospel
Matthew 23:1-12

Addressing the people and his disciples Jesus said, ‘The scribes and the Pharisees occupy the chair of Moses. You must therefore do what they tell you and listen to what they say; but do not be guided by what they do: since they do not practise what they preach. They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men’s shoulders, but will they lift a finger to move them? Not they! Everything they do is done to attract attention, like wearing broader phylacteries and longer tassels, like wanting to take the place of honour at banquets and the front seats in the synagogues, being greeted obsequiously in the market squares and having people call them Rabbi.

  ‘You, however, must not allow yourselves to be called Rabbi, since you have only one master, and you are all brothers. You must call no one on earth your father, since you have only one Father, and he is in heaven. Nor must you allow yourselves to be called teachers, for you have only one Teacher, the Christ. The greatest among you must be your servant. Anyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and anyone who humbles himself will be exalted.’

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