8/23/2022 (Tuesday) Today’s Gospel Reading: Matthew 23:23-26
23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You pay tithes of mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier things of the law: judgment and mercy and fidelity. But these you should have done, without neglecting the others.
24 Blind guides, who strain out the gnat and swallow the camel!
25 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You cleanse the outside of cup and dish, but inside they are full of plunder and self-indulgence.
26 Blind Pharisee, cleanse first the inside of the cup, so that the outside also may be clean.”
8/23/2022 (Tuesday) Today’s Gospel Reflection: Matthew 23:23-26
Jesus repeatedly called the religious leaders of His time as blinds and hypocrites. This is the irony of it all. The Pharisees and scribes were the very people expected as models of religious life but they are the ones being condemned for their pride, arrogance, and self-righteousness. Their behavior is lamentable because they are too focused on outside appearances but neglect the essential values of love, mercy, and justice. They tried to follow the tiniest part of the Law only to receive condemnation in the strongest term. No wonder they revenged by making Jesus pay through His suffering and death!
The gospel passage above is a warning to all who call themselves followers of Jesus most especially the religious leaders of our time. Let us do introspection and do it often to see what dirty skeletons we have in our closets and ask God for pardon and mercy.