Tuesday of the Twenty-Eighth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Tuesday of the Twenty-Eighth Week in Ordinary Time

October 13, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Saint Mary Magdalen Parish, Media, PA


Letter of Saint Paul to the Galatians

Psalm 119:41, 43-45, 47-48

Luke 11:37-41


There’s just no way to get around it – Jesus does not mince words when it comes to hypocrisy!

In today’s Gospel narrative He lays into the Pharisees for their insistence on ritualistic cleansing laws while refusing to observe the greater good (which is giving to those in need.)  Later, in Luke’s Gospel, He goes on to blast the scribes and scholars as well for similar offenses.

It is easy to “tsk tsk” and feel superior to the Pharisees, and for that matter anyone who pays more attention to the letter of the law than the spirit behind it.  However, you don’t have to be a person in authority to be guilty of hypocrisy.  How often do we shake our heads in disapproval when we hear of people stopping at nothing to get ahead in life or career?  Yet we are quick to spread a rumor or cast doubt on someone’s character while absolving ourselves with the words, “I don’t know if this is true, but I heard that…” 

Our Lord tells the Pharisee to “give alms” so that “everything will be clean for you.”  In other words, give and give some more if you want to please God.  Giving to and serving others emanate from within, and that is where God dwells.  No amount of legal observance that neglects compassion and assistance to those in need can ever please God. 

As Saint Paul tells us in today’s first reading, if we try to be justified by observing the law, we separate ourselves from Christ.  Additionally, Paul reminds us that the only thing that counts is “faith working through love.” 

Friends, when we break it down it is so simple.  Listen to Jesus.  Love God. Care for others, and the rest will take care of itself.   There is just no way around it!

Question of the Day:  How will you be compassionate to all those who are in need of your assistance?

Prayer:  Almighty God, let me consecrate my whole life, all my time, all my efforts, and all my strength to Your service.  Grant that I may use temporal things only to allow me to reach eternal values.  Amen.


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