What we say and what we do

thAugust 27, 2014      2 Thessalonians 3:6-10, 16-18     Matthew 23: 27-32

What we say and what we do is a reflection of who we are and what is in our hearts.

St. Paul reminds the Thessalonians in today’s first reading to walk the right path … to follow the example Paul has given them and behave like true Christians … not expecting any special treatment.

In the Gospel … Jesus criticizes hypocrisy … He denounces those that present themselves as far above who they really are. Jesus warns them … He uses strong language … “woe to you” He says … if you do not act true to who you really are. “Woe to you” … if you wear a mask … and outwardly look holy … but really have a boastful and selfish heart.

The mask of hypocrisy interferes with life-giving love.

Today’s responsorial psalm points out how to be true to self and happy … by instructing us to “walk in God’s ways”.

Giving of ourselves out of real love for God … helps us to be authentic disciples of the Lord.

Today’s scripture readings all work well together to make that point!

If we have Jesus in our hearts … then our actions … our selfless giving … will let the light of His love reflect in our actions … and we will glorify God and walk in His ways.

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