Reading 1: IS: 1:10, 16-20
Psalm: PS 50:8-9, 16BC-17, 21, 23
Gospel: MT 23:1-12
Today Jesus speaks plainly about the need to not only say the right things, but to follow through and DO the right things as well. This message is reflected in Isaiah as well: “Put away your misdeeds from before my eyes; cease doing evil; learn to do good.”
So often we find ourselves failing to act the way we know our Faith calls us too. The majority of us sin every day in ways we can openly admit to ourselves. Even the best of us fall short so often in actively seeking to live out our faith and help others on a regular basis. It can be difficult to persevere, especially when we sometimes cannot recognize what is causing our consistent falls. Fortunately, Christ anticipated this, which is why he gave us the key in the last verse: we must each humble ourselves if we are to be successful at living the Christian life. In humbling ourselves, through prayer, service, and reflection, we are automatically setting our path back towards Christ by showing Him that we are willing to follow his lead and not put our own desires first.
We must come together to help hold each other accountable, because this is a daily fight. That is why we gather together in this community; for a constant reminder that we are not alone in this daily battle.
The Truth is, we know we can do better. So “come now, and let us set things right.”