Today’s passage shows Jesus calling to task those religious leaders of the Temple and Jewish society in his day, up to now; who still preached the ideal ( Do what they tell you…), but they were known to practice those ideals in ways unworthy of imitation (….But do not follow their example ). How do we treat other people in our lives? Do we ever think about all of these people in terms of what Jesus has taught us?
We as followers believe with our whole being that the Scriptures are the Revelation of God. Then we embrace a theory of Revelation which tells us that God is present and speaking to us in His Scriptures. To understand the Scriptures, we must understand the people who wrote them, the times in which they were written, the history of these writings and so forth. But that never takes away from the reality that we believe that in hearing these words, in reading these words, we are encountering the Lord God revealing Himself to us.
The Gospel his call is from the Gospel of Saint Matthew 23: 1 – 12. Here we encounter this teaching ” The greatest among you,,must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humble himself will be exalted. ” We should always keep this teaching in our hearts and in our minds. We must seek to serve one another, not dominate one another. We should seek to proclaim this word of God in the way we live and relate to one another. The more humble we become, the possible it is for God’s word and God’s presence to be known by others. Jesus give us the real model ( of living Epistle ) of those who try to follow the law, but only put burdens on others. Our challenge is to live the Word of God in such a way that others are drawn to God.