February 27, 2018 – TUESDAY, 2nd Week of Lent
Is 1: 10, 16 - 20 / Mt 23: 1 – 12
FROM THE 1ST READING: Is 1: 16- 20
Wash and make yourselves clean. Remove from my sight the evil of your deeds. Put an end to your wickedness and learn to do good. Seek justice and keep in line the abusers; give the fatherless their rights and defend the widow.
"Come," says the Lord, "let us reason together. Though your sins be like scarlet, they will be white as snow; though they be crimson red, they will be white as wool. If you obey me, you will eat the goods of the earth; but if you resist and rebel, the sword will eat you instead." Truly, the Lord has spoken.
GOSPEL READING: Mt 23: 1 - 12
Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, "The teachers of the Law sat on the seat of Moses. So you shall do and observe all they say, but do not do as they do, for they do not do what they say. They tie up heavy burdens and load them on the shoulders of the people, but they do not even raise a finger to move them. They do everything in order to be seen by people; so they wear very wide bands of the Law around their foreheads, and robes with large tassels. They enjoy the first place at feasts and reserved seats in the synagogues; and being greeted in the marketplace and being called 'Master' by the people.
"But you, do not let yourselves be called Master because you have only one Master, and all of you are brothers and sisters. Neither should you call anyone on earth Father, because you have only one Father, he who is in heaven. Nor should you be called leader, because Christ is the only leader for you. Let the greatest among you be the servant of all. For whoever makes himself great shall be humbled, and whoever humbles himself shall be made great."
The Gospel reading tells us to avoid hypocrisy, not to believe in one thing and act in a different way, not to pretend to be what one is not.
Jesus warns all about the hypocritical behavior of the Pharisees and the leaders of the Jews, "The teachers of the Law sat on the seat of Moses. So you shall do and observe all they say, but do not do as they do, for they do not do what they say. They tie up heavy burdens and load them on the shoulders of the people, but they do not even raise a finger to move them."
We stay away from people who are hypocrites. God reads our minds and sees what we really are; he knows if we really wish to glorify God or only ourselves.
Let us reflect on our actions: do we act according to the truth and to what we believe? Are we also hypocrites?
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
Ryan Dela Cruz
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