Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, bishop and martyr

The Lord said:
“Woe to you Pharisees!
You pay tithes of mint and of rue and of every garden herb,
but you pay no attention to judgment and to love for God.
These you should have done, without overlooking the others.
Woe to you Pharisees!
You love the seat of honor in synagogues
and greetings in marketplaces.
Woe to you!
You are like unseen graves over which people unknowingly walk.”

Then one of the scholars of the law said to him in reply,
“Teacher, by saying this you are insulting us too.”
And he said, “Woe also to you scholars of the law!
You impose on people burdens hard to carry,
but you yourselves do not lift one finger to touch them.”
Luke 11:42-46


Dear Father the Words that are spoken we often do not follow. How many laws have I broken or rules that were not followed. Not yielding at the sign, but going full steam ahead. Or when a light is red and we go as if it was green. We are given laws by lawmakers, and we often read of them broken by the same one's who impose it. Jesus, your words are prophetic and we are witnesses to it. Then it is up to us to begin to change our ways, to change our own lives and live it more closely in the will of God. He gave us laws too, to follow and we tend to break them the most. Worse than anything dear Father we abandon them and make our own to suit ourselves. May I begin this day following the direction you have set for me. Yielding every moment to your care and most especially to your love. Amen

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