OPENING PRAYER

Lord, our help and guide,

Make your love the foundation of our lives.

May our love for you express itself within our eagerness to do good for others.

You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever.

Amen

 

GOSPEL READING - LUKE 11,42-46 (Lectio)

Jesus said: But alas for you Pharisees, because you pay your tithe of mint and rue and all sorts of garden herbs and neglect justice and the love of God! These you should have practised, without neglecting the others.

Alas for you Pharisees, because you like to take the seats of honour in the synagogues and to be greeted respectfully in the market squares!

Alas for you, because you are like the unmarked tombs that people walk on without knowing it!'

A lawyer then spoke up. 'Master,' he said, 'when you speak like this you insult us too.'

But he said, 'Alas for you lawyers as well, because you load on people burdens that are unendurable, burdens that you yourselves do not touch with your fingertips.

 

Reflect: Read the text slowly. Pause and still yourself (Meditatio)

  • Note any reactions you have to the text
  • What words or phrases come to mind
  • Note the feelings and emotions that present themselves

 

Read the text again slowly    Quiet Music (Oratio)

 “Alas for you, Pharisees, because you neglect justice and the love of God. These you should have practiced without neglecting the others”.

“Alas for you, Pharisees, because you like to take the seats of honour in the Synagogues and to be greeted respectfully in the market squares”

• Luke 11, 44: “Alas for you, Scribes and Pharisees, because you are like whitewashed tombs that look handsome on the outside, but inside are full of the bones of the dead and every kind of corruption”

• Luke 11, 45-46: A lawyer then spoke up and said: “Master, when you speak like this you insult us too!"

 

Read text again (Contemplatio)

• Hypocrisy maintains an appearance which deceives. Up to what point does my hypocrisy reach? How far does the hypocrisy of our Church go?

• Jesus criticized the Scribes who insisted in the disciplinary observance of the minute points of the law, as for example they pay the tithe of mint and rue and all sorts of garden herbs and forget the objective of the Law which is the practice of justice and the love. Can this criticism also apply to me?

 

CONCLUDING PRAYER

How blessed is anyone who rejects the advice of the wicked

and does not take a stand in the path that sinners tread,

nor a seat in company with cynics,

but who delights in the law of Yahweh

and murmurs his law day and night. (Ps 1,1-2)