FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
13 OCTOBER 2021
29TH Wednesday of Ordinary Time
The Lord said: “Woe to you Pharisees! You pay tithes of mint and of rue and of every garden herb, but you pay no attention to judgment and to love for God.
These you should have done, without overlooking the others. Woe to you Pharisees! You love the seat of honor in synagogues and greetings in marketplaces. Woe to you! You are like unseen graves over which people unknowingly walk.” Then one of the scholars of the law said to him in reply, “Teacher, by saying this you are insulting us too.” And he said, “Woe also to you scholars of the law! You impose on people burdens hard to carry, but you yourselves do not lift one finger to touch them.” (Luke 11: 42-46)
How shall I live this Word?
Jesus scolds the educators, and perhaps all of us who are responsible for someone or something. He invites us to educate the human heart, about situations. This makes us free and full of vitality. We often insist on external aspects and we neglect the inside. In this way, we form slaves and not free people, realities created for ourselves and not for themselves. Insisting on external aspects makes us proud. Going through the fatigue of freeing our heart makes us humble, because by educating we perceive ourselves the slavery of possessing, of appearing, of power. We give weight to unimportant things and live in vanity. We risk being contradictory, severe with others and indulgent with ourselves.
Lord , grant that we may learn from You to root ourselves in what is essential, to be merciful with ourselves and with others, patient with the fragility of others.
The Voice of Lev Tolstoy, Author
I sit on the shoulders of others, suffocating them, forcing them to carry me. At the same time, I try to convince myself and others that I am full of compassion for them and I manifest the desire to better their lot in every way possible. Except by getting down from their shoulders.
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