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Monday Minute 9-12-16

Several weeks ago, the Gospel of the day (Matthew 23: 13-22) was the scene where Jesus lashes out at the scribes and Pharisees, calling them “hypocrites and blind guides.” 

The accompanying reflection from Sacred Space, a daily reflection book published by the Irish Jesuits had this to say about the Gospel reading:

“Jesus condemns the Pharisees for speaking about what is unknown to them; he was referring, of course, to what was in their hearts, not in their knowledgeable minds. There would be much silence if people spoke only about what they knew about!  When it comes to faith, many people speak about what is in their heads. The silent work of God in my prayer defies explanation and suggests discretion – but can I give witness to the working of God in my heart? I don’t want to be like the Pharisees when I speak of faith, letting my head to the talking. I consider how God works in the depths of my being.”

There would be much silence if people spoke only about what they knew about. Wow!  I can easily apply that statement to others, but when it comes to me??!! As we continue to be bombarded daily with never ending rhetoric, this might be the time to slow down, breathe deeply and recall the words attributed to St. Francis of Assisi, “Preach the Gospel always. Use words only if you have to.”

This Monday Minute is from Br. Hank Hammer

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