Reflection for Tuesday, August 26, 2008: 21st week in Ordinary Time.

dc.contributor.authorZuegner, Carolen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorZuegner, Mary C.en_US IIen_US Timeen_US 21en_US
dc.description.abstractJesus sure could give it to the scribes and Pharisees. He doesn't mince words in today's Gospel, calling them hypocrites for their focus on tithes on trivial things while neglecting judgment, mercy and fidelity. I don't like to think of myself as a hypocrite, yet there are times in my own life when my focus turns to those small things, to following the letter of the law while ignoring the spirit of the law, which is fidelity to the concept of seeing God in all people.||The misplaced focus can happen when we become too fixated on things and appearances and ourselves. We get caught up in the petty self-righteousness of everyday life. And while making sure my trivial tithes count up might give some satisfaction, I know it's a hollow, tainted feeling that does nothing to sustain me or strengthen my heart. |If the outside of the cup is clean and shiny, but the inside is full of self-indulgence, all the surfaces are tarnished. We have to come clean inside and out. We have to work at changing our focus to judgment, mercy and fidelity.|The first reading offers a prayer that can help us ask God to keep our lives in focus, to remember what is really important: May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting encouragement and good hope through his grace, encourage our hearts and strengthen them in every good deed and word.en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary Number: 426en_US
dc.program.unitCollege of Arts and Sciencesen_US
dc.program.unitJournalism, Media and Computingen_US
dc.program.unitJournalism, Media and Computingen_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.subject.local12 Thessalonians 2:1-3a, 14-17en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 96:10, 11-12, 13en_US
dc.subject.local4Matthew 23:23-26en_US
dc.titleReflection for Tuesday, August 26, 2008: 21st week in Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US
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