Daily Word Of God
The Lord said to the Pharisees: ‘Alas for you Pharisees! You who pay your tithe of mint and rue and all sorts of garden herbs and overlook justice and the love of God! These you should have practised, without leaving the others undone.
‘Alas for you Pharisees who like taking the seats of honour in the synagogues and being greeted obsequiously in the market squares! Alas for you, because you are like the unmarked tombs that men walk on without knowing it!’
A lawyer then spoke up. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘when you speak like this you insult us too.’ ‘Alas for you lawyers also,’ he replied, ‘because you load on men burdens that are unendurable, burdens that you yourselves do not move a finger to lift.’
Today's Pointers on God's Word
As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?
- Jesus was angry with the Pharisees because they pay all kinds of tithes, but do not observe the “justice and the love of God” that is more important.
- Moreover, they misguide and impose heavy burdensome and obscure rules on others; without themselves observing them.
- Jesus is also cautioning us not to attend to matters of little importance, and neglecting the essential practice of our faith which is to love God wholeheartedly through our daily actions and ways of living.