In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Today we look at ourselves to see if we practice what we preach – or are we just full of hot air and empty "nice" words. Jesus was frustrated with people who only talk about doing good things but do not do anything to help others.
Luke's exciting story goes like this (11:42-46):
'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 practised, without neglecting the others. Woe to you Pharisees! For you love to have the seat of honour in the synagogues and to be greeted with respect in the market-places. Woe to you! For you are like unmarked graves, and people walk over them without realizing it.'
One of the lawyers answered him, 'Teacher, when you say these things, you insult us too.' 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
The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ!
Jesus' saying "woe" is not like saying "whoa" to a horse to get them to stop. Jesus' "woe" is an exclamation of sadness in those people who claim to speak about God's love but do not live a loving life. These kinds of people live by a false image of God. People get to know our God in the ways God works good things through our lives – if we refuse to do good and put our faith into our actions, people have a tougher time seeing God in their world or their lives.
Let us bring the face of Jesus to others in all that we do!
Mother Mary, pray for us:
Full of grace,
The Lord is with you.
Blessed are you among women and blest is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, mother of God,
Pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.
In the name of the father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen