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Wednesday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time

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Gospel text (Lk 11:42-46): “Woe to you Pharisees! You pay tithes of mint and of rue and of every garden herb, but you pay no attention to judgment and to love for God. These you should have done, without overlooking the others." The Lord said: “Woe to you Pharisees! You pay tithes of mint and of rue and of every garden herb, but you pay no attention to judgment and to love for God. These you should have done, without overlooking the others. Woe to you Pharisees! You love the seat of honor in synagogues and greetings in marketplaces. Woe to you! You are like unseen graves over which people unknowingly walk.”

Then one of the scholars of the law said to him in reply, “Teacher, by saying this you are insulting us too.” And he said, “Woe also to you scholars of the law! You impose on people burdens hard to carry, but you yourselves do not lift one finger to touch them.”

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today, the Divine 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.