Pharisaical Attitude

Dear friends: The Pharisees said to Jesus, why do your disciples not follow the traditions of the elders? Jesus replied, referring to Isaiah’s prophesy, these people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. As we know there is a Pharisee in each one of us. We pretend to be what we are not. We like to be politically correct even if we are religiously wrong. We want to observe the Law rather than its spirit. We pay attention to externals and neglect the internal. There is certainly place for ritual in our life, but we need to move from ritual to reality. God wants neither mere lip service nor empty creeds. God sees our hearts where all conversion and cleanliness begin and all evil has its origin. It is not what enters into us from the outside that makes us evil, but rather what comes forth from our heart.                                   

Fr. Jerome

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