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Liturgical day: Wednesday 28th in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Lk 11,42-46): «A curse is on you, Pharisees; for the Temple you give a tenth of all, including mint and rue and the other herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. This ought to be practiced, without neglecting the other». Jesus said, «A curse is on you, Pharisees; for the Temple you give a tenth of all, including mint and rue and the other herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. This ought to be practiced, without neglecting the other. A curse is on you, Pharisees, for you love the best seats in the synagogues and to be greeted in the marketplace. A curse is on you for you are like tombstones of the dead which can hardly be seen; people don't notice them and make themselves unclean by stepping on them». Then a teacher of the Law spoke up and said, «Master, when you speak like this, you insult us, too». And Jesus answered, «A curse is on you also, teachers of the Law. For you prepare unbearable burdens and load them on the people, while you yourselves don't move a finger to help them».

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today, the Devine Shepherd complains because those "false shepherds" –the Pharisees and doctors in law– performed and complied, but did not love. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, takes charge of the flock. In the same manner, good parents ought to be good role models: examples lead people; good educators make the effort to live the virtues they teach. This is connection. Not only with a finger, but putting one's life on the line.

–Less theory, and more action! Great souls are great because they put love into the small things.