“He said to them in reply, ‘What did Moses command you?’ They replied, ‘Moses permitted a husband to write a bill of divorce and dismiss her.’ But Jesus told them, ‘Because of the hardness of your hearts he wrote you this commandment.”
Jesus seems to be calling the Pharisees to a sense of moral responsibility here.
Spend a few minutes reflecting on what motivates your decisions—is it love of God or the requirement of the Law?
As you sit with Jesus, ask him for the grace that love of Him is your motivation.
Heritage word—“External acts of penance such as fasting and almsgiving must touch our hearts not merely our exterior behavior.”
(Sister Mary Louise Ann, 8thProvincial of the Toledo Province)