Tuesday 27 February 2024

About Today Readings

St Gregory of Narek

Isaiah 1:10, 16–20. To the upright I will show the saving power of God – Psalm 49(50):8–9, 16–17, 21, 23. Matthew 23:1–12.

They do not practise what they preach

The readings from the Prophet Isaiah and Matthew’s Gospel neatly dovetail today. Isaiah is lamenting the leaders of Jerusalem who reek of hypocrisy. He likens them to the people of Sodom and Gomorrah for they do as they want, not as God desires. Matthew recounts how Jesus describes the scribes and the Pharisees. In both cases the leaders think that they are doing the correct thing according to their own perceptions and rules. They follow the rule of man, not the heart of God. Jesus tells his disciples to do what they say but not what they do. Our Church is confronted with the deeply distressing behaviour of some in leadership who certainly do not follow the heart of God. Many have deserted the Church and some of those have been deeply hurt. Let us follow the two commandments of love of God and neighbour, and be part of the heart of God.

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