18th Week, Ordinary Time (Year A) : Tuesday 8th August, 2023

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DGeMs- Daily Gospel eMessage

Dear Friend in the Lord,

“Spiritual Blindness” – Faith: In today’s Gospel, Jesus challenged the scribes’ and Pharisees’ hypocritical practice of their faith.  They observe the “external rituals” but “internally” they are “unclean”, unjust and immoral.  Ponder on, “Is our faith, hope and love for God, authentic and deep?  Are we becoming more like Jesus?”

Fr Philip Heng, S.J.

Matthew 15:1-2,10-14

Pharisees and scribes from Jerusalem came to Jesus and said, ‘Why do your disciples break away from the tradition of the elders? They eat without washing their hands.’

He called the people to him and said, ‘Listen, and understand. What goes into the mouth does not make anyone unclean; it is what comes out of the mouth that makes someone unclean.’

Then the disciples came to him and said, ‘Do you know that the Pharisees were shocked when they heard what you said?’ He replied, ‘Any plant my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots. Leave them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind; and if one blind person leads another, both will fall into a pit.’