Jesus had just finished speaking when a Pharisee invited him to dine at his house. He went in and sat down at table. The Pharisee saw this and was surprised that he had not first washed before the meal. But the Lord said to him, ‘You Pharisees! You clean the outside of cup and plate, while inside yourselves you are filled with extortion and wickedness. Fools! Did not he who made the outside make the inside too? Instead, give alms from what you have and look, everything will be clean for you.’
TODAY’S POINTERS ON GOD’S WORD (www.jesuit.org.sg)
- As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?
- Jesus reprimanded the Pharisees for following the ceremonial laws externally and not following the internal laws of their hearts of charity, compassion and justice for all peoples.
- Thus Jesus urged them to practise the “internal laws” through giving alms to the needy. When we share our possessions freely and generously to those in need, God’s compassion and mercy is felt through us.
- A heart that is full of love and compassion has no room for envy, greed, bitterness, and the like. Allow God’s love and mercy to transform you more fully.
Garfield gives the highest priority to ‘internal’ matters!