Feb 27 (Mt 23:1-12)

Examine whether the given statement is true or false…

>> This looks like a familiar, age-old expression, isn’t it?

Well…

… This used to be one of the many questions which all of us would have faced, in our exams, in our school-days.

>> The statement had to be read…and then decided…whether it was TRUE or FALSE.

The Gospel of the Day today invites us to Make our Life a Statement…

… and Decide whether “I am True or False”…

>> Is my Christian Life a genuine and an authentic one…… TRUE or FALSE?!

The Gospel of the Day presents a Challenging Jesus who seeks to expose the duplicity and deceptive life of the Teachers of the Law and exhorts to lead An Authentic way of Life!

Chapter 23 of the Gospel of Matthew is an extremely emotion filled and volatile passage.

The Great Master Jesus, is in a confronting mode and minces no words in exposing the duplicity of the Teachers of the Law.

Chapter 23 almost speaks of Jesus reaching a sort of boiling point…

Let’s think of a pan of water on the stove…

You turn the burner on high and slowly the water becomes warmer and warmer …

>> And then, there are a few bubbles in that water and those few bubbles come to the fore…

>>> And pretty soon the water in the pan is furious with bubbles because the water has come to its boiling point…!

The words of Jesus in Chapter 23 come to a boiling point!

Today’s Gospel Passage deals with some of the crucial areas of the Teachers of the Law…which very often have a similarity in our lives too…

#1: They preach, but do not practice!

>> How often am I in the habit of telling virtues to others…

… but fail to practise them myself?

>> How often do I love to advice goodness to others…

… but fall short of trying to be good myself?

>> How often do I want the whole world to be changed…

… but reach nowhere in trying to improve my own self?

# 2: They lay burdens on others… but lift not a finger to help

>> How often do I expect others to achieve perfection…

… but fail to do my own activities with zeal and passion?

>> How often do I want others to fulfil their duties well…

… but miserably unaware of my own obligations and tasks?

>> How often do I cause others to be good and holy..

… but indulge myself in deeds of corruption and sin?

# 3: They Practice deeds of Religiosity to be seen by others

>> How often do I parade my acts of charity before others…

… in order to boost my index of popularity?

>> How often do I want my deeds of assistance be noticed by others…

… in order to win admiration and acclaim?

>> How often do I go vocal in boasting of my own achievements…

… in order to become great and famous?

# 4: They love places and titles of honour and respect

>> How often do I seek the best places in society and the Church…

… and try to make a peripheral show of my status?

>> How often do I grow attached to places and titles of glory…

… and develop an unconscious love for vain glory?

>> How often do I get disturbed and even troubled easily…

… when others fail to acknowledge my position and repute?

The list of questions is too long…. the record of queries is too extensive…

>> But we need to make this check.. a reality check of our own lives!

It is not very difficult to live under the garb of a well-polished and neat looking title of a Christian.

>> It is not very hard to move forward with our Christian lives being peripherally good and “appearing” pious.

But let’s stop fooling ourselves…

On Judgment Day, none of our external packing and wrapping will come to our rescue.

In our life here, some day or the other, our hollowness will get exposed if were are not true to our inner selves.

>> A false life does not befit a person who seeks to follow the Authentic Christ.

A duplicity in life is not appropriate to a person who wants to walk in the footsteps of the True Christ!

To live an authentic and true life.. is certainly hard…

… and is a treading through paths of difficulties.

But in difficulties, grace abounds…in hardships, blessings increases…

…. in adversities, mercy flourishes!

The question in the Examination Paper of our Lives is staring at us today:

>> Choose the correct alternative – Is my Christian Life a genuine and an authentic one…

… TRUE or FALSE?!

God Bless! Live Jesus!

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