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Author Topic: March 2, 2010 Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent, Is 1, Ps 50, Mt 23  (Read 1353 times)
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« on: March 02, 2010, 02:57:17 AM »

Today's readings are at: http://www.usccb.org/nab/readings/030210.shtml

This morning I found out that the "Readings" available at the US Bishops' web site are only archived for a limited time.  Any date I put in before last November resulted in a broken link.  That's not good, because we on WF occasionally like to go back and visit old material.  Therefore, I will copy and paste the readings into this window each day so we have a record of it after the USCCB breaks the web link.

Reading I
Is 1:10, 16-20
Hear the word of the LORD,
princes of Sodom!
Listen to the instruction of our God,
people of Gomorrah!
Wash yourselves clean!
Put away your misdeeds from before my eyes;
cease doing evil; learn to do good.
Make justice your aim: redress the wronged,
hear the orphan’s plea, defend the widow.

Come now, let us set things right,
says the LORD:
Though your sins be like scarlet,
they may become white as snow;
Though they be crimson red,
they may become white as wool.
If you are willing, and obey,
you shall eat the good things of the land;
But if you refuse and resist,
the sword shall consume you:
for the mouth of the LORD has spoken!

Responsorial Psalm
50:8-9, 16bc-17, 21 and 23
R.  (23b) To the upright I will show the saving power of God.
“Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you,
for your burnt offerings are before me always.
I take from your house no bullock,
no goats out of your fold.”
R.        To the upright I will show the saving power of God.
“Why do you recite my statutes,
and profess my covenant with your mouth,
Though you hate discipline
and cast my words behind you?”
R.        To the upright I will show the saving power of God.
“When you do these things, shall I be deaf to it?
Or do you think that I am like yourself?
I will correct you by drawing them up before your eyes.
He that offers praise as a sacrifice glorifies me;
and to him that goes the right way I will show the salvation of God.”
R.        To the upright I will show the saving power of God.

Gospel
Mt 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.
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.”

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« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2010, 03:05:03 AM »

This has been one of my own favorites in the scripture, because sometimes I think the leaders of the church haven't changed with respect to this lesson, in 2000 years.

So we should listen to the leaders of the church but not do what they say.  Good advice to this day.

I heard one reflection on this reading, talking about how the Gospel is about setting a good example.  In a sideways sort of way it is, but I don't think that's the focus of it.  I think Jesus is talking to "common" people or whatever they call the non-clergy, and just telling it like it is.  If He wanted to tell off the church leaders, I know He is capable of doing that directly, without talking about them in the third person.  Of course, the person doing the reflection was currently a member of the clergy.  Roll Eyes

This line strikes me as worthy of note:
The greatest among you must be your servant.

I think it speaks for itself.

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