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Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent

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Gospel text (Mt 23:1-12): Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying, “The scribes and the Pharisees have taken their seat on the chair of Moses (...). For they preach but they do not practice." Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying, “The scribes and the Pharisees have taken their seat on the chair of Moses. Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you, but do not follow their example. For they preach but they do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens [hard to carry] and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they will not lift a finger to move them. All their works are performed to be seen. They widen their phylacteries and lengthen their tassels. They love places of honor at banquets, seats of honor in synagogues, greetings in marketplaces, and the salutation ‘Rabbi.’

As for you, do not be called ‘Rabbi.’ You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers. Call no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in heaven. Do not be called ‘Master’; you have but one master, the Messiah. The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today the Scribes and the Pharisees are once again denounced by Jesus Himself. They call themselves Masters but they are not such a thing, because they confuse people: “they tell others what to do but do not do it themselves”. What they utter by word they thrash with their deeds. Jesus Christ wants no enemies, but He can do nothing but speak up to help us out.

-It is St Luke who writes that Jesus Christ “began to teach and to do”. And I?