Oh, you Pharisees!
Readings: 1st: Gal 5:1-6; Ps: 119; Gos: Lk 11: 37-41
This brief reflection was written by Fr. Njoku Canice Chukwuemeka, C.S.Sp. He is a Catholic Priest and a member of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans). He is a missionary in Puerto Rico, the island of enchantment. He is the Chancellor of the Dioceses of Fajardo-Humacao, Puerto Rico; the Parish Priest of Parroquia la Resurrección del Senor, Canovanas and the Major Superior of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans), Circumscription of Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic. For more details and comments contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
Today is the Tuesday of the twenty-eight week of ordinary time. In today’s gospel, Christ showed his displeasure against the way of life Pharisees
One could wonder, why is Christ so displeased to the point of cursing the authorities. The answer is simple, and is found in Christ’s words:
“Oh, you Pharisees! Although you cleanse the outside of the cup and the dish, inside you are filled with plunder and evil.”
One point is clear here, the insincerity and the double standard life of the Pharisees. They present a false image of themselves. This is Christ’s definition of hypocrites.
Christ’s action today demonstrates, and reminds us of how to speak truth to power and authority. Much as he is loving, patient and kind, Christ desires that we do what is just, and live sincerely.
He was not afraid to confront injustice and falsehood. Rather, he condemned their actions and challenged them to see how their way of life was impacting others negatively.
There are some lessons for us in today’s gospel. First, rather than remain silent while injustice and falsehood thrive, we must speak out. This is an integral part of our prophetic ministry.
Second, we must not live a false or double life. This is because, it affects others negatively. So, we must live a very transparent life. Our actions must match our words, and reflect who we truly are, and who we represent.
Peace be with you all.