Posted by: livingscripture | October 15, 2013

Twenty-eighth Tuesday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“Oh, you Pharisees!  Although you cleanse the outside of the cup and the dish, inside you are filled with plunder and evil.”  (Luke 11: 39)


How should we live this Word? temple 2

Jesus had been invited to dine with a Pharisee and He reclined at table to eat without the ritual purification.  This was a cause of great scandal to His host.  It was typical of the Pharisees to scrupulously attend to the norms, with the aim of guaranteeing their superiority over others and in God’s eyes.  It is precisely against this attitude that Jesus gives His provocation.  To the Pharisee’s reaction, He touches his sore spot.  “You are preoccupied with saving appearances, without paying attention to what motivates your actions.  In your heart there are plunder and evil.  Plunder in regard to God to Whom belongs the glory that you unworthily appropriate to yourselves, and evil in regard to the people that you spitefully judge.

It is a serious reproof addressed to the Pharisees of yesterday and today because the root of pharisaic attitudes has not yet dried up and perhaps we can find a trace of it in ourselves.  Let us attend to Jesus’ counsel, “Give alms, and behold, everything will be clean for you”.

Begin by removing the bitter root of ostentatious righteousness.  Acknowledge that only God is holy and to Him alone belong praise and glory.

Today in my time of silent contemplation, I will surround with mercy those who err and I will pause at the conscience of my neighbour that only God can judge.  I will be true to who I am and not pretend to be anything else, knowing that God reads into the depths of my heart and loves me.

Lord, purify me in the depths of my heart so that I may be a reflection of Your light.

The Voice of Isaac of Nineveh, Church Father

When do we know we are pure?  When we consider others good and no human being seems impure or soiled to us, then we are really pure of heart.

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