Prayer of the Day
Feast of St. Callistus I, Pope and MartyrOctober 14th, 2015
Today’s excerpt follows from yesterday’s reflection: the lawyers and the Pharisees realise that the message about outward observances and show is addressed to them, and they resent it. Jesus accused the Pharisees of making others unclean by their spiritual rottenness. Like unmarked graves hidden in a field, the Pharisees corrupted everyone who came in contact with them.
Jesus referred to the burden which the Pharisees added to God’s Law and imposed them on others. The ‘burden’ the Pharisees laid on people were the details they had added to God’s Law. To the commandment, “Remember to keep holy the Sabbath day by example,”they had added instructions regarding how far a person could walk on the Sabbath, which kind of knots could be tied and how much weight could be carried. Healing a person on the Sabbath was regarded as unlawful work, although rescuing an animal was allowed! No wonder Jesus condemned their additions to the law.
God’s prophets had been persecuted and murdered throughout history. But this generation was rejecting more than a human prophet – they were rejecting God Himself. Jesus, the greatest Prophet of all, was directly giving them God’s message.
Lord, help me to search for your truth as it unfolds in the circumstances of each day. Amen