Homily (Reflection) for Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent (23rd February, 2016) on the Gospel


Is 1:10.16-20;
Ps 49:8-9.16-17.21.23 (R. v. 23);
Matt 23:1-12.

Topic: Be wary.
Jesus denounced the scribes and the Pharisees who occupied Moses’ seat in today’s gospel for they do not practice what they teach. They tie up heavy burdens for others but are unwilling to lift a finger to move them. Their acts are just for people to see. They scramble for places of honour at banquets and for best seats in the synagogues. Again, they love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to be called rabbi.

Although these occupy the exalted seat of Moses but Jesus asked the crowds and His disciples not to emulate them. They teach others without first making something out of the teaching themselves. Hence, Jesus often calls them hypocrites, cf. Matt 15:7; 23:13, 15, 23,25,27,29.  

Be wary of people you imitate. Often people focus on what people want without considering whether those things are right or wrong. Some copy others whether they are correct or not. We must look up to God and do what He asks of us. The only person worthy of imitation is he or she who imitate Christ, cf. 1Cor 4:16; 11:1.

Bible Reading: Matt 7:12; 1Cor 10:23 – 11:1.

Thought for today: God expects all to do good and avoid evil.

Let us pray: God, help us to be truly yours – Amen.

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