02-06-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

February 6, 2018
(St. Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs)
The Pharisees and scribes questioned him (Jesus), “Why do your disciples not follow the tradition of the elders but instead eat a meal with unclean hands?”  He responded, “Well did Isaiah prophesy about you hypocrites, as it is written:  ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; In vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines human precepts.’ You disregard God’s commandment but cling to human tradition.”  Mk_7:1-13

Ah, yes, this one will be my personal Lenten ablution; to stop my constant complaining.  Seemed to be one of the Pharisees favorites!  But this time it kinda backfired on them as Jesus exposed the true heart of the matter.  They were supposed to be the ones setting the example of how to follow GOD’s commandments, not their own.  And yet it seemed, to Jesus at least, that they were making their own commands and rules more important than God’s, and in the process alienating the ones they were supposed to be shepherding.

It’s so easy to point fingers at all the misdeeds of everyone else and never see our own.  The question then ends up, where is my heart?  Is it a heart of mercy, a heart of forgiveness and love?  Or is it a heart of judgment and persecution of everyone but (and maybe even including) myself?

As much as we are called Children of God, beloved, so are our brothers and sisters in humanity.  Some may be very lost, but it’s our charge to lead by example, not by judgment and persecution!  Thus did Jesus set the example for us!

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