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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.”
We have to be careful to whom we give our pledges too. If we pledge ourselves to something that is not of God, we may lose our eternal life. Do not give your life to the things of the world, give them to God who is eternal. He cares not for our gold but for our life that is lived with Him and in Him. Give yourself to God not to gold.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, you are the gold that makes my life worth living. You are the gold that lights my path. In Jesus’ holy name, I give you praise, Amen!
Proclaim God’s marvelous deeds to all the nations.