FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
28th Tuesday of Ordinary Time
St. Teresa of Avila, Mystic & Doctor
October 15, 2019
WORD of the DAY
After he had spoken, a Pharisee invited him to dine at his home. He entered and reclined at table to eat. The Pharisee was amazed to see that he did not observe the prescribed washing before the meal. The Lord said to him, “Oh you Pharisees! Although you cleanse the outside of the cup and the dish, inside you are filled with plunder and evil. You fools! Did not the maker of the outside also make the inside? But as to what is within, give alms, and behold, everything will be clean for you”. (Luke 11: 37-41)
How shall I live this Word?
Jesus is not afraid of denouncing evil, which from within a human being becomes a system of sin, that is, it pollutes the goodness of social relations by creating alienating and oppressive superstructures and forms of thought. While the Pharisees seek out the exterior and the ‘politically correct’ (as we would say today), Jesus leads every behavior and every thought back to its root: the sin that dwells within that we try to disguise and want to remain hidden, using the hatchet of moralism.
Jesus is at the service of good, and good cannot do without truth, because it sheds light within the person and restores the original value to every attitude. Today we admire the frankness of the Son of God, who in the midst of society knows how to accept the conventions, but also knows how to remain free and is able to free Himself from those bonds that imprison us in the law.
In my daily actions, I will seek the true good of the other, not complacency, entrusting myself to the truth and making myself the bearer of truth, without fear of being judged, so that my words may truly correspond to what I have in my heart.
The Voice of Dei Verbum
The ecclesiastical magisterium is not superior to the word of God, but it serves it, teaching only what has been transmitted.
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