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Gospel Reflection for the 26th Sunday OT 2011

posted Sep 23, 2011, 2:29 AM by Alberto dela Cruz   [ updated Sep 23, 2011, 2:33 AM ]


Jewish elders who comprised the Sanhedrin, the highest council of Jewish religion, mostly came from the parties of Scribes and Pharisees, the high priest being the chair.  This council was highly regarded by Jesus Himself as the direct heir to the seat of Moses.  Jesus was in constant confrontation with these people, showing how critical their role, and His deep, sincere concern as regards their work of shepherding God’s people.

Matthew 23:2-3 elicited Jesus’ recognition of its authority but with stern criticism on their failures to meet Moses’ credibility:  “…therefore all that they tell you, do and observe, but do not do according to their deeds; for they say things and do not do them.”

Two chapters earlier, (Today’s Gospel Mt 21:28-32), before the above uncompromising disapproval, Jesus fails not to exercise the power of fraternal correction, seeking of winning the people in the leadership to the practice of genuine Mosaic stewardship.   By asking their opinion, Jesus is able to establish that the council is capable of knowing the essential (doing the Will of the Father) and challenge them on how to make it beneficial to oneself and greatly to others.

For all of us, what the lectio reminds us is that:  words, speeches, talks are just indicators of works, witness and actions.  The former remain accidental and the latter keep their substantial role as to measuring the doing of the Father’s will.

Jesus as the New Moses has made known the Will of the Father and shown the true spirit of making it realized:  keep the lesson of doing understandable to all without seeking the medium of words to explain.  Speak the lesson by the language of action. Let the Will of the Father be spoken by witness and example.  Amen.

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