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Blind Harshness Pharisee-Style


Reflection on Mass Reading for October 14, 2020

“Woe to you! You are like unseen graves over which people unknowingly walk.” So how does Jesus respond to our “old friends” today? Well, to say the least, it wasn’t pretty. Why the harshness of reaction? That’s what happens when we won’t see how incredibly God is working in our life or the lives of others. It is the expected consequence when we hide behind the Law and miss the Law-giver in our midst. The people who understand this always rejoice, but the ones who judge and criticize and try to “fix” everyone else except themselves are almost always humiliated. It all depends on the quality of the relationship we have with the Lord Jesus. This is what is meant by this powerful image of walking over someone’s grave, unknowingly. You think you are in the right, but obviously, someone else is being disrespected.

“Those who follow you, Lord, will have the light of life.” Today, let us first give thanks that Our Lord loves us so much that we are constantly being exposed to the truth in our lives, ugly at times, but always liberating. Second, let us ask again for the courage to see Jesus in others as we look for Him in our own souls. This is definitely the recipe for true happiness. “If we live in the Spirit, let us also follow the Spirit.”

“Sometimes, you will go through awful trials in your life and then a miracle happens–God heals you. Don’t be disheartened when the people you love don’t see things like you do. There will be Pharisees in your life that will laugh it off, deny that it happened, or will mock your experience based on righteousness they think you don’t possess. God won’t deny you a spiritual experience because you are not a spiritual leader. He loves everyone equal. The only people that really matter in life are the people that can “see” your heart and rejoice with you.” Shannon L. Alder

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  • Anonymous says:

    A very timely reflection today. Great advice throughout. I have definitely been guilty of walking over someone’s grave in an effort to try and fix others while neglecting and failing to examine my own personal feelings and state of mind.

    • Caro says:

      Self-honesty is the first step toward self-mastery and on the doorstep to holiness. Well Done. If we all could move in this direction, imagine the possibilities.

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