Glorify the Lord

grateful man

We sometimes spend a large part of our energies on making sure that we follow the rituals of our faith. We say grace before meals, we pray the rosary, we make the sign of the cross. All of these things can bring us closer to the Lord, but only if we are doing them with the right intention.

In today’s gospel passage from Matthew, Jesus makes a distinction between pious observance of ritual and pious submission to God.

Jesus said:
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites.
You pay tithes of mint and dill and cummin,
and have neglected the weightier things of the law:
judgment and mercy and fidelity.
But these you should have done, without neglecting the others.
Blind guides, who strain out the gnat and swallow the camel!

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites.
You cleanse the outside of cup and dish,
but inside they are full of plunder and self-indulgence.
Blind Pharisee, cleanse first the inside of the cup,
so that the outside also may be clean.” 

Everything that we do should glorify the Lord.

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