Jesus Denounces His Enemies

Sundays: The Gospels from the Lectionary
Matthew 23:1–12

In the trial scene of the play and movie by Richard Bolt, “Man for All Seasons,” Thomas More breaks the silence he had previously kept while striving to be both faithful to God and loyal to the King, Henry VIII of England. When he is finally convicted and sentenced to death, he declaims the evil of putting temporal before eternal law.

In a similar way, Jesus denounces the scribes and Pharisees in his last words to them. He pours out his anger upon those who had relentlessly opposed the grace of the Good News.

Be moved by the grief of Jesus as he laments over Jerusalem in the last three verses. He then departs forever from the Temple. Jesus doesn’t want to depart from your spirit, his temple. Is there anything you are doing that is driving Jesus away?

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Practicing the truths I teach v. 3
Bearing each others’ burdens v. 4
You lifting up the humble v. 12
The greatest as a servant v. 11

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Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
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