MY daily reflection and prayer: Tuesday, August 26, 2014:
“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites for you have left undone the weightier matters of the law, justice, and mercy, and faith” (Matthew 23:23)
We still continue our reading on Jesus’ woefully warning to the scribes and Pharisees. Firstly, Jesus still calls them hypocrites! By calling them hypocrites, Jesus goes to the heart of the matter.
Let’s analyze what is the meaning of hypocrite. It means actor that is someone who puts on a show to draw attention to them. The scribes and Pharisees regard themselves as legal experts since they devotes their lives to the study of the law of God contained in the five books of Moses.
The scribes and Pharisees are so exacting in their interpretations and in trying to live them out, that they have little time for much else. That is why, they neglect the more significant matters of religion, such as justice and the love of God. They misguide the people. They have lost sight of God and of his purpose for the law.
Secondly, Jesus still calls them the blind fool leaders. They allow any blind spots to blur their vision of God’s kingdom and His ways.
Here, we find the high critical humor of Jesus. Jesus criticizes the scribes and Pharisees by using a humorous example to show how out of proportion matters had gotten with them. Jesus says, “You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel!”
In Palestine culture, gnats are considered the smallest of insects and camels are considered the largest of animals. Both are considered ritually impure. But Jesus reminds them, “You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel!”
What does Jesus want? He wants to say that the essence of God’s commandments is love that is love of God and love of neighbor. God is love and everything He does flows from His love for us.
As we all know it well, true love is unconditional, costly, and sacrificial. Love embraces and lifts the burdens of others as well.
It’s not happened in the life of the scribes and Pharisees. They are very attentive to minute matters of little importance, but they neglect to care for the needy and the weak. They are hypocrite and blind fool because they are filled with pride and contempt for others. While neglecting to show charity, they put unnecessary burdens on others, especially to the weak and the poor.
With Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, we should not neglect the more important matters of religion, such as justice and the love of God and of our neighbors. Perpetual Adoration should urge us to do more for justice, peace, mercy and charity, especially to the weak and the poor.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, based on Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, fills us with Your love and mercy that we may always think, speak, and treat others with fairness, kindness, patience, and goodness. May we do more for justice, peace, mercy and charity, especially to the weak and the poor, now and forever. Amen.
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