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Monday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time

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Gospel text (Mt 23,13-22): Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You lock the Kingdom of heaven before men. You do not enter yourselves, nor do you allow entrance to those trying to enter." Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You lock the Kingdom of heaven before men. You do not enter yourselves, nor do you allow entrance to those trying to enter. “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You traverse sea and land to make one convert, and when that happens you make him a child of Gehenna twice as much as yourselves. “Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘If one swears by the temple, it means nothing, but if one swears by the gold of the temple, one is obligated.’ Blind fools, which is greater, the gold, or the temple that made the gold sacred? And you say, ‘If one swears by the altar, it means nothing, but if one swears by the gift on the altar, one is obligated.’ You blind ones, which is greater, the gift, or the altar that makes the gift sacred? One who swears by the altar swears by it and all that is upon it; one who swears by the temple swears by it and by him who dwells in it; one who swears by heaven swears 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».