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Today's Gospel + short theological explanation

Monday 21st in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Mt 23,13-22): Jesus said, «Woe to you, teachers of the Law and Pharisees, (…) you say: ‘To swear by the Temple is not binding, but to swear by the treasure of the Temple is’. Blind fools! Which is of more worth? The gold in the Temple or the Temple which makes the gold a sacred treasure? (…). Whoever swears by the Temple is swearing by it and by God who dwells in the Temple (…)».

"You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain" (2nd Commandment of the Decalogue)

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

Today, we consider the 2nd commandment of God’s law: "You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain". Positively, we must respect the name of the Lord. Christ reproached scribes and Pharisees for the sacrilegious abuse of the name of God, given that —through an intricate casuistry they had devised— they knew how to find loopholes to crookedly use (always in their profit!) the oath.

As a gift, God has revealed us His Holy Name: we must keep it in our memory, in a silence of loving worship. However, no other word has been so much abused as the word "God". Just one example: Nazi Germany had "God with us" engraved in German in the belts buckles of Nazi soldiers. Apparently they were honoring the name of God —but actually— they were seriously desecrating it for their own purposes. Such desecrations of His name keep defacing the face of God, to the point of making it unrecognizable.

—Oh my God, I want to worship You by calling many times your "Thrice-Holy" Name, and I wish to raise your sweet name of God-Man: Jesus!