On Today’s Gospel

Posted: March 10, 2020 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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How well we guard our words, as we have learnt over time save for moments we might lose our temper. But is it not true that our actions speak louder than any of our words ever can? For the hearts of men and women are revealed by how they behave; what they do, especially to and for others.

The Lord indeed reminds us today, that we must cease to do evil;learn to do good. For it is by our good actions that others might see the heart of the Lord our God in us and be drawn to Him. People are watching and studying our every move whether we are aware or not. And they may not remember the words we might have said to them, but they will never forget how we make them feel by our actions.

Forgive me Lord Jesus for the many times I had taken Your love for granted. Change my heart from within and fill me with Your love. So that my service of You and my brethren may be pure and pleasing to You. 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.’

Gospel

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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