17th of October (English)

Publié le 16 Octobre 2018

Gospel text

(Lc 11,42-46): 

Jesus said, «A curse is on you, Pharisees; for the Temple you give a tenth of all, including mint and rue and the other herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. This ought to be practiced, without neglecting the other. A curse is on you, Pharisees, for you love the best seats in the synagogues and to be greeted in the marketplace. A curse is on you for you are like tombstones of the dead which can hardly be seen; people don't notice them and make themselves unclean by stepping on them». Then a teacher of the Law spoke up and said, «Master, when you speak like this, you insult us, too». And Jesus answered, «A curse is on you also, teachers of the Law. For you prepare unbearable burdens and load them on the people, while you yourselves don't move a finger to help them».


The Application


Many of us, in our thirst for perfection and the well-being of all, give lot of attention to what we say and what we do. Thus we depend up on man-made rules and regulations, and try our level best to say and do, what is considered as ‘politically correct.’ Though this approach is not a bad beginning, Jesus seems to propose to us, that our approach to life should have the foundation in the divine love and what is just before the eyes of God. Our life should be animated not by the flesh, rather by the Spirit.

In every thinking and act, if we learn to give importance to the divine will, than the common good, then the common good that we desire will be ‘de facto’ consequence of our deeds. God is good and in his goodness, all that He desires, have be good for the humanity. Saint Paul instructs us to act according to the Sprit, (not by our desire of common good), which will produce peace and tranquillity in our society.

It’s important that we discern in our personal life that we don’t charge others with burden, rather learn to remove the burden of our brothers and sisters.

Daily Quote from the early church fathers

Binding heavy burdens on others,

by Origen of Alexandria (185-254 AD)

"Just as the scribes and Pharisees wickedly sat upon the throne of Moses, so do some in the church who sit upon the ecclesiastical throne. There are some in the church who have the right understanding of the law and pass it on correctly. They say what each person needs to do, but they themselves do not do it. Some of them lay heavy burdens upon the shoulders of men, but they won’t even lift a finger to help. These are the ones the Savior is talking about when he says, 'Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of God' (Matthew 5:19). There are others, however, who sit on the throne, who act before they speak and speak wisely, restraining those who are disordered. They place merciful burdens on the shoulders of others. They themselves are the first to lift the heavy burden, for the exhortation of other listeners. It is these of whom the Lord speaks when he says, 'He who does so and teaches others to do so, this man will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.'" (excerpt from COMMENTARY ON MATTHEW 9)


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