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Liturgical day: Saturday 20th in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Mt 23,1-12): Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, «The teachers of the Law and the Pharisees sat on the seat of Moses. So you shall do and observe all they say, but do not do as they do, for they do not do what they say (…)».

The Christian faith is "per-formative"

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Benedict XVI)
(Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today, Christ denounces a serious distortion of the authentic religion: "They say but they do not do". It is the "evaporation of faith": theory without practice. The Christian message is not only "informative", but should also be "per-formative". The Gospel is not merely a communication of things that can be known, it is one that makes things happen and is life-changing. The image of God must be conceived in us; our conversion in Jesus must take place every day.

Before “demonstrating” our faith, it must be “presented”: it is a change of our being. Our faith, that reaches us as the Word, must become again in ourselves a word where our own life may now be also articulated. Faith goes in the first place from the word to the idea, but it must always come back from the idea to the word and to the action.

—O Lord, let faith transform me until it can be said that that I have been “born” again.