02 March 2010
Today’s Readings : Is 1:1-10/Mt 23: 1-12
Today’s Gospel contains not only the words and deeds of Jesus but they also mirror the situation of the the christian communities. While the tradition of the opposition between Jesus and the Pharisees is well founded, Jesus’ saying must also be read in the context of the bitter conflict between the Pharisees and the christian community.
In Jesus’ time, the Pharisees had no actual authority in question of doctrine. But after the fall of Jerusalem when the temple was lost and the Pharisees sought to rebuild Judaism on the basis of the law. Jesus reproaches the scribes and the Pharisees not for appropriating the authority of Moses or teaching wrong doctrine but for their hypocrisy, teaching one thing and doing another.
We too are challenged to be authentic in our way of life. No matter how difficult, we are called to be true to what we teach, say and do. Teaching and doing one and the same – all at the same time.
Loving Father, give me the grace to be true to what I say and do. Teach me to be sincere, aware and responsive to your call for me to be authentic in my way of life – in word and deed. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.