Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/031417.cfm
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 Christ. The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”
We always have to make sure that we do what we preach. If we do not preach and practice the word of God, who will believe us? Just preaching does nothing if you do not live it. And you must do both. Too often many who do not believe do good works for their own benefit. If they do works without the Gospel, that is not from the Lord. What does your life say about you?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I am slowly learning to live your Gospel and to preach it. Help me to always have your Word on my tongue and in my life. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
To the upright I will show the saving power of God.