Reflection on Luke 11:42-46 ~
It is tough to put yourself into Jesus’s conversation as if we were one of these rigid Pharisees, but I believe that is what we are supposed to do. Why else would Luke specifically say the Lawyer called Jesus teacher? Being far from perfect I can see myself in these and other imagined woes that Christ might say about me. I have started to learn that I should not find fault in others until I have finished examining my own faults, which in truth I will not even come close to completing before my death.
Luke 11 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
42 “But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and herbs of all kinds, and neglect justice and the love of God; it is these you ought to have practiced, without neglecting the others. 43 Woe to you Pharisees! For you love to have the seat of honor in the synagogues and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces. 44 Woe to you! For you are like unmarked graves, and people walk over them without realizing it.”
45 One of the lawyers answered him, “Teacher, when you say these things, you insult us too.” 46 And he said, “Woe also to you lawyers! For you load people with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not lift a finger to ease them.
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this meditation on Luke 11:42-46.