Posted: 22 Aug 2013 06:30 AM PDT
Today’s Gospel Text: But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sad’ducees, they came together. 35 And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question, to test him. 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets.” Matt 22:34-40
Reflection: What do you call this gathering together of the Pharisees as soon as Jesus silenced the Sadducees?
Isn’t it this coming together of people against an injustice, apparently, perpetuated by Jesus a great sign of unity and love among these and that too for a cause?
Yes, it can be possible that Jesus was an unjust man, a false teacher according to these highly learned intellectuals, of whom one was a lawyer: which means a man well versed in the scriptures and the law of Moses.
And who will normally challenge known intellectuals and more so if they are in power?
In a way they were the democratic majority against the individual minority of the sacred Word of God; Jesus Christ.
May be they looked at Jesus as that trickster who deceives the people and indeed they seem to have that special knowledge of the truth but they were not clear about its application.
What a question to ask? Only the intellectual and wise could answer the question?
It was like asking a spiritual question in a science class: what gives life to the body and if you answer it by your knowledge of science, because you are in a science class, you would fail the test, because the answer is never directly in the plane of ordinary thinking.
Similarly, the answer to the lawyers question was never directly in the Ten Commandments which God had given to the Israelites.
Though the Pharisees knew the answer or at least had an inkling of it, yet they did not seem to measure up to it.
This mystery of history keeps repeating itself and we could likewise have modern day Pharisees too, who could be well versed with doctorates and licentiates but may never measure up to the truth of the Gospel.
Let’s be practical and seek to live out the commandment and not just know the commandment.
Also let us never be deceived by those who would not like to know the commandment or faith and want to be purely practical and want to live the faith of Christ without knowing it.
Prayer: Lord, even your foolishness far surpasses human wisdom; teach us to be wise in your ways. (cfr. 1 Cor. 1:25)
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