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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Tuesday of the 21st Week in Ordinary Time Download This Homily

August 27, 2019

Tuesday of the 21st Week in Ordinary Time

 

1Thes 2:1-8

Psalm 139:1-3, 4-6

Mt 23:23-26

 

Gospel Reading

 

Jesus said: "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You pay tithes of mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier things of the law: judgment and mercy and fidelity. But these you should have done, without neglecting the others. Blind guides, who strain out the gnat and swallow the camel!


"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You cleanse the outside of cup and dish, but inside they are full of plunder and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee, cleanse first the inside of the cup, so that the outside also may be clean."

 

Reflection


Inner Transformation

 

It is indeed surprising that Jesus never condemned or used harsh words against sinners or the frail social misfits. He showed extraordinary kindness, care, and compassion and went out of his way to defend and uplift them. The only section of the Jewish society that was severely criticized and condemned by Jesus was the influential elite class that consisted of the priests, the scribes and the Pharisees. He called them Hypocrites. Why did he criticize them? The reason is that they were pretenders. Their virtues and good deeds were like shiny masks or petty vestments. They wore them in public for others to see and admire them. Famous French philosopher Gabriel Marcel in his book Being and Having divides people into two categories: people of being and people of having. The scribes and the Pharisees were people of having. They enjoyed collection and possession. In order to fill their inner emptiness they went on collecting. They thought that in due course they can even collect heaven and possess God. Like an experienced physician Jesus diagnosed what the Pharisees were deficient in: justice, mercy and reliability. These are three virtues that demand an inner transformation.

 

Once Lord Buddha was asked, “What is difference between liking and loving?” Pointing at a rose flower nearby the Buddha answered, “If you like that flower, you will pluck it and take it home with you. If you love that flower, you will water that rose bush everyday so that flower may last as much as it could.” The Scribes and Pharisees regarded themselves as the role models while Jesus called them blind guides who strain out gnat while swallowing camels. A person without inner conviction will not be worried about doing justice or showing mercy towards others. Such people cannot be trusted either. People who engage in good deeds prompted by external sources will stop doing it when they are not under surveillance. People with inner conviction need not be put under supervision. For them virtue is not an ornament they put on but an integral part of their very nature. Therefore, Jesus is demanding from the Pharisees an inner transformation which will be reflected in everything that they say or do. This is an invitation to each and every one of us to put our home in order before we demand and command others to change their disordered ways.

 

 Dr Kurian Perumpallikunnel CMI


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