Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Saint Hedwig (1174-1243); Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690)

Tuesday of the Twenty-Eighth Week in Ordinary Time

Readings of the Day
RB: Ch 13:1-11 Lauds on Ordinary Days
Mass: Ga 5:1-6; Resp Ps 119; Lk 11:37-41

As to what is within, give alms, and behold, everything will be clean for you.

Jesus' words to the Pharisees penetrate: 'Although you cleanse the outside of the cup and the dish, inside you are filled with plunder and evil. You fools!' There may times, now and again, when we find ourselves more concerned about our outward appearances than we are about our interior lives or the condition of our hearts. Pope Francis has this to say:

Be careful around those who are rigid. Be careful around Christians – be they laity, priests, bishops – who present themselves as so “perfect,” rigid. Be careful. There’s no Spirit of God there. They lack the spirit of liberty. And let us be careful with ourselves, because this should lead us to consider our own life. Do I seek to look only at appearance, and not change my heart? Do I not open my heart to prayer, to the liberty of prayer, the liberty of almsgiving, the liberty of works of mercy?
(Pope Francis, Homily, October 16, 2018)


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