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On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: March 14, 2017 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Many have chosen to turn away from sin and are striving to be faithful to the Gospel. The Lord is pleased. But not all are wearing robes white as snow. One which comes from obedience and humility.

It is far too easy to spot ‘leaders’ who believe wholeheartedly they were ‘Called’ to serve and yet are more keen to be seen ‘serving’. Prideful? Perhaps, honour seeking? Perhaps, but the more heinous sin a disciple of the Lord can commit is indifference!

Being indifferent to the plight and needs of others, especially the poor, the lonely, the outcast of society. Being indiffernt to the needs of the Church and its people. Indiffernt to the call for help to run or support Church activities. Indiffernt to the cry for help of children.

Lord Jesus open my mind, my ears, my eyes and my heart to see more fully the needs of those You call me to serve. And grant me what I lack to serve them more effectively. 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.’

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.’