Saturday 22 August 2020

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Queenship of Mary

Ezekiel 43:1-7. The glory of the Lord will dwell in our land – Psalm 84(85):9-14. Matthew 23:1-12.

They do not practise what they preach

Alas for you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You who travel over sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when you have him you make him twice as fit for hell as you are.’

Throughout the gospels, Jesus reserves his strongest condemnation for hypocrisy – perhaps because he knows what a common human failing it is. There is surely a little of the Pharisee in all of us!

How frequently do I rush to judgment of others, or embrace the standards of our consumerist society? Do I sometimes fail to stand up for the moral values of my faith, for fear of being unpopular? Do I always practise what I preach?

Mary, Queen of heaven, help me to follow your way of simplicity and humility in your devotion to your divine Son.

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