Friday 16 October 2020
St Hedwig; St Margaret Mary Alocoque. Day of penance
Ephesians 1:11-14. Happy the people the Lord has chosen to be his own – Psalm 32(33):1-2, 4-5, 12-13. Luke 12:1-7.
Pharisees are found on the inside
Dexter: Jesus, in the stories we read about you, you are always battling the Pharisees. Were they really as bad as all that? Why did you have no time for them?
Jesus: That sounds like a Dorothy Dixer, Dexter. Pharisees began as a very brave group of people who risked their lives to hold to the faith that Moses had received. But later many people were respected like the first Pharisees, but lost respect for God’s word. They imposed on people burdens they would not bear themselves. They were hypocrites That is why I reminded them that the secrets of our hearts will be revealed.
Dexter: You must be pleased that there aren’t any Pharisees today, then.
Jesus: I wouldn’t be so sure about that. Don’t you find it a temptation sometimes to think of yourself as a member of a good and faithful group and so superior to other people? An Australian and not a Chinese? A Catholic and not an atheist? An open-minded person and not one of principle? Pharisees are inside us, Dexter, not outside.Email this Print This Page