GOSPEL LIVING

Tuesday October 17,2017

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Galatians 5:18-25   Psalms 1:1-2, 3, 4, 6   Luke 11:42-46

42 "But woe to you Pharisees! for you tithe mint and rue and every herb, and neglect justice and the love of God; these you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. 43 Woe to you Pharisees! for you love the best seat in the synagogues and salutations in the market places. 44 Woe to you! for you are like graves which are not seen, and men walk over them without knowing it." 45 One of the lawyers answered him, "Teacher, in saying this you reproach us also." 46 And he said, "Woe to you lawyers also! for you load men with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of  your fingers.

Meditation: In today’s first reading, a sharp attack could be spotted towards our hypocrisies. Very often we put ourselves a garb so holy, that the holiness radiates from us to others, as it seems to be. But, on a further closer analysis, we understand the internal malignity. We have become so experts in deceiving our very own selves; - a tact that sells well in the modern day corporate world.
But, a real glance inward would reveal our otherwise-holy realities. The jealousies, quarrels, dissensions, tempers,…….etc. which indulge (at least in spirit) make us not worthy to inherit the Kingdom of God. Drunkards are also tattooed as away from the Kingdom. (Gal. 5:21).
The gospel, hence, calls us to be just and to love (Lk.11:42). It requires a “spiritual crucifixion of our passionate desires” on a daily basis (Gal.5:24). This daily crucifixion would transform us to be more rooted in God, as the imagery of a tree near the streams, with its leaves ever green and which produces fruit in due season, and whose projects ever succeed, as the Responsorial Psalm reminds (Ps. 1:3). For this grace, let’s pray to God, by imploring the intercession of St. Ignatius of Antioch. Let’s pledge ourselves in spirit to the eradication of poverty, as today is the international day for the same.
Bro Fidelis