From the Word of the Day
As for you, do not be called Rabbi. You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers. Call no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in heaven. Do not be called master; you have but one Master, the Christ. The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
(Matthew 23: 8-12)
Jesus’ Word today is like a mirror of our life. In criticizing the Scribes and Pharisees, Jesus points out that “they say, but do not do”; they do not observe what they teach. This is a warning for the people and for us as well. ‘Do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you, but do not follow their example. For they preach but they do not practice”. This is a terrible criticism! It is a way of life that is very insincere. In meditating on this incoherence today, it is good to think, not of the Scribes and Pharisees of those times that are passed, but rather of ourselves and of our incoherence.
“You are all brothers”. Jesus commands us to have opposite attitudes. He clearly enumerates the mistaken attitudes of the Pharisees: they do everything to be seen and praised; they use special tunics for prayer; they like the first places; and to be greeted in the public marketplaces. They represent a type of community that maintains, legitimatizes, and nourishes class differences and social positions. They legitimate the privileges of the great ones and the inferior position of the little ones. Now, if there is one thing Jesus does not like, it is false appearances. The final teaching of today’s Gospel is clear: “The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted”.
In my pause for silent contemplation, I will ponder on the words of Jesus and ask Him to form attitudes in me that are pleasing to Him.
Jesus meek and humble of heart, make my heart like Yours.
The Voice of Mother Teresa
I am like a small pencil in His hands and nothing more. It is He who thinks. It is He who writes. The pencil has nothing to do with all this. The pencil only needs to be able to be used.
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Comment by Sr. Graziella Curti, FMA