The Lord said: “Woe to you who build the memorials of the prophets whom your fathers killed. Consequently, you bear witness and give consent to the deeds of your ancestors, for they killed them and you do the building.
Therefore, the wisdom of God said, ‘I will send to them prophets and Apostles; some of them they will kill and persecute’ in order that this generation might be charged with the blood of all the prophets shed since the foundation of the world, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah who died between the altar and the temple building. Yes, I tell you, this generation will be charged with their blood!
Woe to you, scholars of the law! You have taken away the key of knowledge. You yourselves did not enter and you stopped those trying to enter.”
When Jesus left, the scribes and Pharisees began to act with hostility toward him and to interrogate him about many things, for they were plotting to catch him at something he might say.
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Sometimes proclaiming the truth can be intimidating, lonely, or even dangerous. Jesus has some harsh words for the Pharisees and scholars of the law in today’s gospel. His words sorely afflict those who are comfortable and privileged, and they react with hostility. As Jesus’ disciples, we also proclaim the truth with our words and especially with our actions. Proclaiming the truth, in love, doesn’t always mean using words. The way we use our finances, our time, and our influence “speaks” volumes about the role Jesus Christ has in our life.
Who in my life speaks truth to me? Who holds me accountable to the gospel? Do I stand for the truth even when it’s difficult? Am I willing to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable like Jesus does? How have I been Christ’s hands and feet to someone today? Do I see those in need with his compassionate eyes?
—Maggie Melchior is a convert to the Catholic faith. She currently serves as Coordinator of New Evangelization and Faith Formation for a parish in the Diocese of Green Bay.
Christ has no body now on earth but yours; no hands but yours; no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which the compassion of Christ must look out on the world. Yours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good. Yours are the hands with which he is to bless His people.
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