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Liturgical day: Monday 21st in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Mt 23,13-22): Jesus said, «Woe to you, teachers of the Law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door to the kingdom of heaven in people's faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor do you allow others to do so». Jesus said, «Woe to you, teachers of the Law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door to the kingdom of heaven in people's faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor do you allow others to do so. Woe to you, teachers of the Law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel by sea and land to win a single convert, yet once he is converted, you turn him twice as fit for hell as yourselves. Woe to you, blind guides! You say: ‘To swear by the Temple is not binding, but to swear by the treasure of the Temple is’. Blind fools! Which is of more worth? The gold in the Temple or the Temple which makes the gold a sacred treasure? You say: ‘To swear by the altar is not binding, but to swear by the offering on the altar is’. How blind you are! Which is of more value: the offering on the altar or the altar which makes the offering sacred? Whoever swears by the altar is swearing by the altar and by everything on it. Whoever swears by the Temple is swearing by it and by God who dwells in the Temple. Whoever swears by heaven is swearing by the throne of God and by him who is seated on it».

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today we see Jesus unusually angry. Scribes and Pharisees get the impossible: to annoy God and the people! They are those who "don’t do" and, at the same time, "don’t let do". They "Don’t do" what themselves say that has to be done must do: they give a bad example. And at the same time "don’t let do" because they order to do many rites (invented) that God doesn’t ask...

-So, what is God’s asking? «I want love, not sacrifices».