The Gospel According to Matthew – 2017.11.05
Love is the Law
The way is one of humility.
The way is a way of love.
We may have an obligation to follow social norms, and it costs us nothing to be polite.
There may be a leader in your community who deserves a certain title, give it to them, do not shirk, but do not seek those titles for yourself, do not were badges, and robes, and costumes that encourage you to take on airs.
Be humble, walk humbly, perform humble service.
This is the way of God.
Practice What you Preach
Addressing the people and his disciples Jesus said, ‘The scribes and the Pharisees occupy the chair of Moses. You must therefore do what they tell you and listen to what they say; but do not be guided by what they do: since they do not practise what they preach. They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men’s shoulders, but will they lift a finger to move them? Not they! Everything they do is done to attract attention, like wearing broader phylacteries and longer tassels, like wanting to take the place of honour at banquets and the front seats in the synagogues, being greeted obsequiously in the market squares and having people call them Rabbi.
‘You, however, must not allow yourselves to be called Rabbi, since you have only one master, and you are all brothers. You must call no one on earth your father, since you have only one Father, and he is in heaven. Nor must you allow yourselves to be called teachers, for you have only one Teacher, the Christ. The greatest among you must be your servant. Anyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and anyone who humbles himself will be exalted.’
31st Sunday in Ordinary Time