Hypocrite is always a lazy Worker in the Kingdom of God.

Wednesday of the 21st Week of Ordinary Time
August 26, 2020

Today’s Readings:2 Thessalonians 3:6-10, 16-18
Psalm 128:1-2, 4-5
Matthew 23:27-32
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USCCB Podcast of the Readings:
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Alleluia

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Whoever keeps the word of Christ,
the love of God is truly perfected in him.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The Christian way of life is not an amenity to lead a easy and short cut way of life. Most of the people follow Jesus to have a easy life but St.Paul is telling in his  letter to Thessalonians who were seeking a lazy way of life by not working for themselves and becoming a Burden to others that if they do not Work let them not eat. The working to earn our daily bread and working to preach the Word of God are not contrary to each other but an additional advantage to express Gods love in our daily routines. The daily work of our hands  becomes a daily offering to God through our action of love.
Many Religious Orders  have realized this and started earning their daily bread , Franciscans had a Spirituality of Work and Pray which made their order different from the rest of the religious orders. The  daily wages or daily work humbles our self to be righteous and keeps us away from Hypocrisy and self righteousness. The superficial self righteous spirituality makes a person Hypocrite because they have God experience all the time and forget their human weakness and their dependency  on God in their daily bread. The daily bread is a major challenge when we serve God because it always reminds us our Worldly worries and fears of Survival  but if we depend upon on God’s grace for our daily bread by mastering the resources and creation we understand our calling on this Earth.
The definition of Hypocrisy is double standard or manipulation  in today’s World. We can check our life with two  measuring  sticks one is through Love and second one through the Word of God. The word of God perfects when we love God and our fellowmen. The obligations and rituals are ways of expression to obedience but real obedience comes through Charity and love which are the final action of these obligations and rituals. If we follow only obligations and rituals then we too become like those scribes and Pharisees. It is easy to convert a sinner but very difficult to convert a hypocrite because they think they do not have any weakness in their life and pride mounts in their attitude. The humble and poor in Spirit can only possess the Kingdom of God because Man never..never..never can enter the Kingdom of God through his own efforts but only through the love and mercy of God.
The obedience to the word of God perfects the love  God in our Neighbor. We must always take a measuring rod of truth in one hand and spectacle of love in other hand which balances our walk with God .

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