“You hypocrites! You make fine tombs for the prophets and decorate the monuments of those who lived good lives.” (Mt 23:29)
Today’s Passage: Mt 23:27-32
Meditation: I am thinking today that why Jesus is behaving like this. See! The Pharisees and the teachers of the law are spending the whole amount of money from their pockets for making fine tombs; it is not for them or their people, but the prophets of God. If it were today that it happened; what would have been people thinking of it? I hope that people will surely whisper; ‘if at all Jesus couldn’t say anything good or positive about them, he could have at least kept mum against them than scolding and reproaching publically.’ But, we do find that on another occasion this Jesus himself is doing positively within no time on others’ recommendation, ‘this roman officer really deserves your help. He loves our people and he himself built a synagogue for us’ (Lk 7:5). This makes us think that Jesus is provoked, in a special way, here in this particular instance of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law. Why is Jesus so offended here? It is because of their share in the offences of their fathers who killed the prophets and the righteous ones. Therefore, it is not that money that matters, but the sponsors’ heart and life. The book of Ezekiel clearly teaches, “The person who sins shall die. A child shall not suffer for the iniquity of the parent. Nor a parent suffer for the iniquity of a child; the righteousness of the righteous shall be his own, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be his own” (Ezk 18:20). Yes, it is the widow’s two coins that caught the attention of Jesus than the gifts of the rich (Lk 21:1-4).
Prayer: Lord God, we thank you and praise you for your daily eternal bread. Let us be able to open our hearts before you. We are giving portions of whatever we have, but fail to offer ourselves as a pleasing oblation to you; ‘a living and holy sacrifice’ to you (Rom 12:1). Help us to understand that you are not anyway pleased in our different gift offerings, but deeply interested in offering ourselves, pure and holy. Amen!
Greetings: Take courage God is with you! Have a nice and blissful Wednesday…