“Woe to you, scholars of the law! You have taken away the key of knowledge. You yourselves did not enter and you stopped those trying to enter.” LK 11:47-54
Humbly submit your will to God (Thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary and Joseph.
The Lord said:
“Woe to you who build the memorials of the prophets
whom your fathers killed.
Consequently, you bear witness and give consent
to the deeds of your ancestors,
for they killed them and you do the building.
Therefore, the wisdom of God said,
‘I will send to them prophets and Apostles;
some of them they will kill and persecute’
in order that this generation might be charged
with the blood of all the prophets
shed since the foundation of the world,
from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah
who died between the altar and the temple building.
Yes, I tell you, this generation will be charged with their blood!
Woe to you, scholars of the law!
You have taken away the key of knowledge.
You yourselves did not enter and you stopped those trying to enter.”
When Jesus left, the scribes and Pharisees
began to act with hostility toward him
and to interrogate him about many things,
for they were plotting to catch him at something he might say. LK 11:47-54
Today, Jesus presents the Pharisees as those who insidiously lead others astray through their seeming attention to the law. Often I find myself pointing out everyone else’s faults, but miss my own. I also can be really strict about holding other’s accountable to follow the rules, but don’t follow them myself sometimes. I believe all of us sometimes worry more about the law more than loving others. We all can make the mistake of being like the Pharisees.
The point Jesus is trying to make to the Pharisees is that they are missing the entire purpose of why God gave us life, to love. He is love straight through and this is what we will be surrounded with and filled up with in the spiritual realm, our heavenly homeland. We have been given an earthly body with a spirit, to love with our bodies, our actions and words. Our bodies are driven by the Spirit.
He made us to have compassion (suffer with) on others, to forgive, to take care of the less fortunate, and to love even if people don’t deserve it. This is what matters on judgment day, how much did you glorify the Father with your life. This in turn glorifies you and others see you as an other-Christ!
Today’s challenge: Don’t get too caught up in sin and rules, although these are important to keep order, the most important thing we can do is love, to give yourself away to another, a self-gift.
Be a servant, become a saint!