Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
Octomber 17, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 62:2-3, 6-7, 9
A reflection on today's Scripture:
You Pay Your Tithes of Mint and of Rue . . . . (see Luke 11:42)
Woe to the Pharisees, then and now, who count out their pennies while those around them go in rags and hunger, those who observe every law and every rule and every small teaching, but whose small hearts cannot open to help those in need.
Jesus is clear about this. Observing the absolute rule of the law is mere observance, not love of God. It shows obedience in the very small things, but it does not show an inclination of heart. Do I attend Mass every Sunday because it is required or because I am invited to the feast of the Great King and would not miss it for the world?
When we pay attention to the details of observance, we sometimes miss the point of God's great generosity to us. If we have an inclination to stop talking to those who disagree with our stand on the Church, on God, on love, we lose the chance to bring them back to the center of the faith. When we tithe or tithe of mint and rue, we are likely not tithing our tithe of time and talent, of love and generosity, of being present to God's people.
Observing the law of God is a good thing. Getting lost in the details of God's law and neglecting the people He so desperately longs to bring home--that's what Jesus was talking about here. There's nothing wrong with doing all that the law requires, so long as our hearts are free to go far beyond mere requirements and to live in His love for others.
- JuandelaCruz |
Wednesday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time
St. Ignatius of Antioch, bishop and martyr
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