May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

St. Monica

Learn more about St. Monica: https://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=1

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/082718.cfm

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.”

Leading the Lord’s children astray is serious, a breach of trust that Our Lord condemns. So many are lead astray by false teachings and promises, promises of wealth and power. Promises that the Lord can be bribed into showering you with riches and favors, promises that the world think is important. Who do you believe? Who do you follow?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray for all who fall for the lies of others. May they come to know you and not some false god of this world. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Proclaim God’s marvelous deeds to all the nations.

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