Gospel of Luke 11:42-46 Reflection:
One thing that you can say for certain about Jesus is that he did not play to the crowd. In today’s gospel he slates the Pharisees and Lawyers for their way of life and behaviour towards others.
Before we go looking down on the poor old Pharisee and lawyer we need to think how often we imitate their behaviour in our own lives. There are many times when we like to be admired for what we do or say. The Pharisees pay tithes on even the herbs they grow; in our life we are exacting about those things that are not so important to us but a bit more lax about the things that we like.
The Pharisees like the important seats at the synagogue; we may not want to be on the altar but we like to be noticed by the priest for being at Mass.
The lawyers make laws that people can’t hold up to; we obey the laws we like and treat the laws we don’t like a little more laxly.
All of this is human nature. The important point is to be aware of our failings and to try to improve on them. We also should remember that everyone else on this earth is going through the same issues and when sometimes their response to these areas of life does not meet with our standards, maybe we should practice a little understanding and forgiveness.
The Christina life is about improvement not perfection; it is about a willingness to grow, to listen to the Spirit and to hear what he says.
Most of all it is about being honest about what goes on in our hearts.