Helping Others to Lift Their Burdens Up

pedagang pinggir jalan di sapa vietnam by mathias hariyadi

MY daily reflection and prayer: Wednesday, October 15, 2014.

Here is the Gospel for us today, according to Luke 11:42-46.

The Lord said: “Woe to you Pharisees! You pay tithes of mint and of rue and of every garden herb, but you pay no attention to judgment and to love for God. These you should have done, without overlooking the others. Woe to you Pharisees! You love the seat of honor in synagogues and greetings in marketplaces. Woe to you! You are like unseen graves over which people unknowingly walk.”

Then one of the scholars of the law said to him in reply, “Teacher, by saying this you are insulting us too.” And he said, “Woe also to you scholars of the law! You impose on people burdens hard to carry, but you yourselves do not lift one finger to touch them.”

This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ.


From the Gospel today we can feel that Jesus is angry with the religious leaders. Why? Because they fail to listen to God’s word and they mislead the people they are supposed to guide in the ways of God. They are leading people to Pharisaism rather than to God.

They are very attentive to minute matters of little importance, but they neglect to care for the needy and the weak. They put unnecessary burdens on others while neglecting to show charity, especially to the weak and the poor.

What can we learn from the Gospel today? The essence of God’s commandments is love. God himself is love. We are called to love our neighbor. God’s love is unconditional and is wholly directed towards the good of us. Everything God does flows from His love for us.

In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist we learn to grow in true love which both embraces and lifts the burdens of others. We ask to Jesus that we are able to help our neighbors to carry their burdens. We also ask that He gives us sufficient grace for each day to love as He loves.

Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, thank You for Your love. Help us to love others and to lift the burdens of others that they, too, may experience Your grace and love. Free our heart from selfish evil desires that we may only have room for kindness, mercy, and goodness toward every person we know and meet, now and forever. Amen.

“abdi Dalem palawija”
Majalah INSPIRASI, Lentera yang Membebaskan
Komisi Hubungan Antaragama dan Kepercayaan Keuskupan Agung Semarang

Kredit foto:  Ilustrated (Street food vendor in Sapa, North Vietnam by Mathias Hariyadi)

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