Wednesday of the Twenty-Eighth Week in Ordinary Time
Romans 2:1-11, Psalm 62:2-3, 6-7, 9, & Luke 11:42-46
During life's complexities, we often resort to an approach to life that may be considered "all or nothing." Striking a balance can appear so difficult that we want to rest on one side or the other. For example, "I will immerse myself with a work project, and as a result, I will completely ignore my family and friends."
Among the woes dealt out to the Pharisees, Jesus accused them of having their own version of "all or nothing." They observe laws dealing with paying tithes but, according to Jesus, neglect justice and the love of God. Although we, too, would be tempted to heap scorn on the Pharisees, telling them to give up paying those tithes and get on with the more essential concerns of justice and love, Our Lord had a different approach. He says they should practice justice in love without omitting the others—the tithes.
Jesus' advice is a healthy corrective to our tendency to divide the Church's flock in terms of personal prayer, Mass attendance, financial support, aiding the poor, vs. those who genuinely practice works of justice and love. This tendency can lead to one group looking critically at the other. Jesus would invite us to see the importance of 'one for all' to understand Jesus' motivation that we should all be of the same heart. Hearts on fire with the love of God, expressed in praise and worship, ought to be aflame with love and works of justice. It is not "all or nothing" but "both and One."
Question of the Day: How will you include striking a balance between your everyday life and your Catholic Christian obligations?
Prayer: Lord, you give back to every one according to his works. Amen."