October 29, 2011

31st Sunday - A (October 30, 2011)

Matthew 23: 1-12

After listening for some weeks on the debates and controversies between Jesus and those who opposed him, today, we have a passage in which Jesus speaks to us, his disciples [1].

Jesus warns his followers not to do things, religious or otherwise, for show. That is the wrong motivation. When we do that, pride, recognition, and prestige become our master.

Today, religious practices are not necessary the things people do for recognition. In fact, in our contemporary society, having a religious faith or believing in God may not be the "cool" thing.

It may be even more now than the time of Jesus that we must ask ourselves, "What is my motivation? Who is my master? and what is my reason to believe in God and to live my faith?"

[1]. Francis J. Moloney, S.D.B., The Gospel of the Lord: Reflections of the Gospel Readings - Year A. Homebush, Australia: St. Paul Publications, 1992; p. 188.

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