Oct. 16/14


Daily reflections: Thursday: October 16/14


Gospel: Luke 11:47... and this piece of the Gospel we read that the scribes and the Pharisees became very angry and Jesus because he is again confronting them and challenging them and pointing out that they really are not having compassion for the ordinary people. In this gospel, Jesus singled out the lawyers, we read, “Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge; you did not enter yourselves and you hinder those who were entering.” By these words Jesus is challenging the legalism of his day as practiced by the lawyers who were very legalistic and demanded this all the people. For Jesus, what was missing was compassion, caring, and kindness. Today, at times the church is very legalistic in giving an answer to people\'s struggles, those carrying heavy burdens, in the face of moral dilemmas,... people are more active get a legalistic response rather than hospitality and compassion. So unlike Jesus.


Reflection: do you know of legalistic responses being given to people in the present age?


Prayer: Jesus the compassionate one, you extended compassion to all the people who came before you with a heavy burden and with a moral dilemma, you never appealed to law to solve their problem. I\'m committed to following Jesus the compassionate one and to avoid judgment and condemnation of people who are struggling. Amen