Reflection on Matthew 23:1-12
I wear hearing aids to help with a humbling hearing loss. The replacement (un)gift is sensitive skin that is always conscious. But, ah… the hidden Rosary around my neck has to only slightly move to remind me that Christ is present wherever I may be. We each live with our own burdens, but unseen grace lifts us up. Isn’t it appropriate that we should not seek false love, but quietly cast Christ’s love outward from within?
Curses Against the Pharisees, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum
Matthew 23 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
Jesus Denounces Scribes and Pharisees
Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, 2 “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat; 3 therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they do, for they do not practice what they teach. 4 They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on the shoulders of others; but they themselves are unwilling to lift a finger to move them. 5 They do all their deeds to be seen by others; for they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long. 6 They love to have the place of honor at banquets and the best seats in the synagogues, 7 and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have people call them rabbi. 8 But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all students. 9 And call no one your father on earth, for you have one Father—the one in heaven. 10 Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Messiah. 11 The greatest among you will be your servant. 12 All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted.
Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Matthew 23:1-12.