Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
August 27, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
2 Thessalonians 3:6-10, 16-18
Psalm 128:1-2, 4-5
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Jesus said, "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You are like whitewashed tombs, which appear beautiful on the outside, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and every kind of filth." (Matthew 23:27)
These are not only harsh words but also very descriptive on how Jesus saw the Pharisees. He even goes as far as to call them hypocrites. They did what they though they should be doing to make themselves look good and be deemed in high regard by the faithful. In St. Paul's letter to the Thessalonians we see a completely different story. There, Paul describes how he worked hard in order not to burden the people and to show that the faith which he was presenting to the inhabitants of Thessalonia was not for him but for them.
To say one thing and do something else for personal gain, as in the case of the Pharisees, is very selfish and limiting, simply because of the fact that in order to keep up the perception, they had to close people out of their lives°™Jesus being one of them.
Saint Paul calls us to not be like the Pharisees but to be in a position that would enable us to grow. We are assured by St. Paul and by the words in the Psalm that it is by giving and by work that we shall grow closer to God and become better people.
For you shall eat the fruit of your handiwork;
blessed shall you be, and favored. (Psalm 128:2)
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Wednesday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time
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