On Today’s Gospel

Posted: February 27, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Have your heart grown cold? To the needs of those under you? Be it your own family, community or to the stranger? Are you deaf to the cries of those who have no means to fend for themselves? To the call for charity and almsgiving? Has the slogans of the world on self preservation and rising to the top dulled your heart? Have you been blinded that you see money as the only means to wealth, success and happiness?

The Lord is calling us all to humble service of Him and especially for one another. A call to greater and deeper Holy communion. To be the best Christ centred leader we can be by our words and actions.

Let us never forget that whatever we do to the least of our brethren we do unto Him. Amen

First reading

Isaiah 1:10,16-20
Cease to do evil; learn to do good

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
They do not practise what they preach

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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