Monday 28 August 2017
1 Thessalonians 1:1-5, 8-10. Psalm 149:1-6, 9. Matthew 23:13-22.
The Lord takes delight in his people — Psalm 149:1-6, 9.
‘Alas, you who are hypocrites.’
In the gospel today we read of Christ’s forewarning his disciples to follow the good doctrine, and not the bad example of the officials. He warns his disciples not to emulate their ambition, but rather protest against their hypocrisy and blindness. In our modern world, can we do the same?
When we see blindness to those in need, the downtrodden, those less fortunate than ourselves, are we able to speak out on their behalf in their defence? Where double standards are evident in society, do we have the confidence to stand firm for what we believe in?
We pray that God may grant us the gift of a sound mind and strong heart to follow the right path, especially in trying times.