Today's Gospel: Luke 6:1-5
Optional Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Confession: I have a streak of Pharisee in me. Oh, when I read the gospel passages, I always roll my eyes right on cue and cheer Jesus’ cutting remarks to them. But when I think about my own approach to life, I can’t help but feel a pang.
I know these guys because I am one of them.
The Pharisees weren’t all bad guys. In fact, they took their religion very, very seriously. Their fault was in not knowing the balance. They were so caught up in the laws that they missed the reason for the laws. What they had in knowledge, they lacked in flexibility and understanding.
Jesus doesn’t come to trash the laws. In fact, the laws remain important. But he balances them and reminds us of the humanity.
So often it’s easy to say that something is right or wrong, black or white. I prefer it that way, in fact. But when we look closer, there are often shades of color that need to be considered with love.
And that’s the key. Love. Jesus doesn’t abolish the law, but he adds love back to it. That’s what the Pharisees (and I) needed to learn.
How am I a Pharisee in my daily life? What might I do to let go a bit and turn to Jesus in love?
Jesus, I hate knowing I’m a Pharisee. And yet, I know you are greater than my own tendencies towards righteousness and blindness. Help me today to turn to you and act in gentleness. Amen.
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Copyright 2015 Sarah Reinhard
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When she’s not chasing kids, chugging coffee, or juggling work, Sarah Reinhard’s usually trying to stay up read just one…more…chapter. She writes and works in the midst of rural farm life with little ones underfoot. She is part of the team for the award-winning Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion, as well as the author of a number of books. You can join her for a weekday take on Catholic life by subscribing to Three Shots and follow her writing at Snoring Scholar.