Sunday Gospel

Gospel for the Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time—Matthew 23:1-12

“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 (and sisters). 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.’”

Sunday
How does this injunction of Jesus speak to you?
What in it can you apply to your life today.

Heritage word—“We change, the times change, but the Holy Spirit does not change . . . When we pray, we shall know His ways and His will.”
(Sr. Mary Anselm, 6th Superior General of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

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