Tuesday, Second Week of Lent
Guard Your Church, we pray, O Lord, in Your unceasing mercy,
and, since without You mortal humanity is sure to fall,
may we be kept by Your constant helps from all harm
and directed to all that brings salvation.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.
(Opening prayer of today’s Mass)
Isaiah 1:10, 16-20 (let’s set things right)
Psalm 50:8-9, 16-17, 21, 23 “To the upright I will show the saving power of God”
Matthew 23:1-12 (do as they say, not as they do)
Don’t let bad example rob you of your call to greatness.
Wash yourselves clean!
…cease doing evil; learn to do good
Sin demeans, no matter who else falls for it.
Bad example is no excuse.
You shall not follow the multitude to do evil:
neither shall you allege the example of the many
as an excuse for doing wrong.
The same holds for hypocritical leadership.
The scribes and the Pharisees have taken their seat on the chair of Moses.
In other words, what they’re teaching is true…
Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you,
but do not follow their example.
For they preach but they do not practise.
You can learn greatness, even from hypocrites,
when they preach from “the chair”
(the “chair of Peter” having inherited the authority of the “chair of Moses”).
Their faults can’t hurt you,
can’t halt your quest for sainthood.
Drawing good out of evil is God’s specialty (see Romans 8:28).
It must be ours too.
Just do as they say, and not as they do!
Have I assumed that something must be right just because so many people do it?
How can scandals actually help me to become more holy?