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Monday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time (YEAR 2013)

Meditation on Today's Scripture:
Jesus was angry with the religious leaders since they failed to listen to God's word and they give the wrong impression to the people they were supposed to teach and lead in the ways of God. Jesus gave a series of examples to show how misguided they were. In their zeal to win converts, they required needless and onerous rules which obscured the more important matters of religion, such as love of God and love of neighbor. They were leading people to Pharisaic rather than to God. Jesus also chastised them for their evasion of binding oaths and solemn promises. Oaths made to God were considered binding, but the Pharisees found clever ways to evade the responsibility of their oaths when convenience got in the way. They forgot that God hears every word we utter and he sees the intention of the heart even before we speak or act. The scribes and Pharisees preferred their idea of religion to God's idea. They failed as religious leaders to teach others the way of God's kingdom because they failed to listen and to understand the intention of God's word. Through their own pride and prejudice they blindly shut the door of their own hearts and minds to God's accepting of his kingdom.
Word of the Day...
Romans 12:4-5 Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
Prayer ...
Help me, Lord, to find the place where we are supposes to fit into your body. Until then, we pledge to try all sorts of ministries so that your Spirit, and not just our own preference, will guide us into your place for us to serve. Thank you for giving us a place to belong. In Infant Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (August 26, 2013)
Day: Monday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time (YEAR 2013)
Lectionary: 425
Colour: Green
First Reading: 1 Thes 1:1-5, 8b-10
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 149:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6a and 9b
Second Reading: Nil
Gospel: Matthew 23:13-22
Listen to Reading:
Today's Scripture: Matthew 23:13-22
13"But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because you shut the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither enter yourselves, nor allow those who would enter to go in. 15 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you traverse sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell as yourselves. 16 "Woe to you, blind guides, who say, `If any one swears by the temple, it is nothing; but if any one swears by the gold of the temple, he is bound by his oath.' 17 You blind fools! For which is greater, the gold or the temple that has made the gold sacred? 18 And you say, `If any one swears by the altar, it is nothing; but if any one swears by the gift that is on the altar, he is bound by his oath.' 19 You blind men! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that makes the gift sacred? 20 So he who swears by the altar, swears by it and by everything on it; 21 and he who swears by the temple, swears by it and by him who dwells in it; 22 and he who swears by heaven, swears by the throne of God and by him who sits upon it.


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