Daily Homily 2014-08-23

Resisting the Church of Me.

Saint Augustine used to tell his flock that there are three parts of the spiritual life. The first is humility, the second is humility, and the third is humility. Which is why we find it so easy to accept  if someone is spiritual but not if they are religious. Jesus gives us the Church to guide us and so that we are not guided by ourselves. We do not like being told what to do, what to believe, or even how to understand Scripture, but Jesus thought we needed guidance and so he gave us the Holy Spirit to guide us through the Pope and the bishops. Let us ask our mother Mary, the Mother of God and Saint Augustine for the gift of humility and docility.

 

Gospel

Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to his disciples,

Saying: The scribes and the Pharisees have sitten on the chair of Moses.

All things therefore whatsoever they shall say to you, observe and do: but according to their works do ye not; for they say, and do not.

For they bind heavy and insupportable burdens, and lay them on men's shoulders; but with a finger of their own they will not move them.

And all their works they do for to be seen of men. For they make their phylacteries broad, and enlarge their fringes.

And they love the first places at feasts, and the first chairs in the synagogues,

And salutations in the market place, and to be called by men, Rabbi.

But be not you called Rabbi. For one is your master; and all you are brethren.

And call none your father upon earth; for one is your father, who is in heaven.

10 Neither be ye called masters; for one is your master, Christ.

11 He that is the greatest among you shall be your servant.

12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be humbled: and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

 

 

 

 

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Fresco Baptistery, Padua, 1378

Fresco Baptistery, Padua, 1378