WK 22B (2018)

“The greatest treason is to do the right thing for the wrong reason.” (T.S. Eliot) Jesus points out that the Pharisees are doing many commendable things but for the wrong reason. (usually for approval and to be seen in public) For example, they like to pray on street corners so that everyone can see them. How does this distortion of religion by the Pharisees apply to us in our lives today? We can do something similar. For example, taking holy water on entering church and blessing ourselves was originally intended to remind us of our baptism and to be a renewal of it. Unfortunately, we can get so used to performing this ritual that it loses its beauty and meaning. God doesn’t want us to perform acts and say prayers mechanically and out of habit. God wants us to do our acts consciously and out of love.

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