Reflection from Fr. Taylor: November 5, 2017, 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Malachi 1:14a-2:2b, 8-10     1 Thessalonians 2:7b-9, 13    Matthew  23:1-12

Today’s scripture shows us we must practice what we preach, and live out what we say to others.  The real test of a disciple is living life that we preach and teach about.  This is not only pastors and ministers but teachers, church leaders, religious educators, parish ministers, and all of those who take leadership roles among  people.  To be a real minister we have to pay attention to and be with the people.

The problem with the Pharisees and Sadducees is that they said one thing and lived another way.  Jesus said many times that I am among you as one who serves and we who in His name, must be the same.  We must be among each other, as ones who serves one another.  Since we are all children of God and are equal before God, we have to know that we are all both givers and takers.  There are times in our life when we need to receive, and there when we need to give, and both of these are blessed by the Lord.

Jesus is challenging us this week.  Do our deeds really match our words of faith?  Can we give concrete examples of this?  Today’s world need so many good leaders who are willing to spend and give themselves on behalf of people.  Since we are people of His flock we follow our leader Jesus in caring out the ministry among our brothers and sisters.

 

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