Matthew 23:23-26 Reflection ~
Our world disturbs and alarms me, yet, how am I to be judged if I am not part of its peaceful and loving transformation? I have to constantly ask myself if have “neglected the weightier things of the law: judgment, mercy, and fidelity.” St. Augustine states: “Our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee, O Lord.” I must first be caught up in a divine whirlpool, cleansing conflicts inside of my cup so I may rest, otherwise how can I be and do God’s will outside of it.
Matthew 23 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint, dill, and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. It is these you ought to have practiced without neglecting the others. 24 You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel!
25 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. 26 You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup, so that the outside also may become clean.
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Matthew 23:23-26