Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 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.
Woe to you!
1) Taxes. We should really examine ourselves about this situation in which we put God into our trade. We can’t be merchants of faith nor use God for personal gain… and I’m not referring only to the economic aspect; this might happen in many aspects of life. We can’t play with God.
2) “You love the seat of honor.” We shouldn’t try to show off, believing ourselves to be the best in Church. Your life should be humble, and you should not go around rubbing it in that you’re the best or boasting about what you are and what you do.
3) Impose. Christians cannot go around imposing things on others; we cannot make religion a burden on others. We Catholics are a family, not a regiment. Let’s ask Jesus to help us love and not mistreat others.
Remember Heaven is our goal! God bless you in the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.