Collect for the Week
whose hand is open
to fill all things living with plenteousness:
make us ever thankful for your goodness,
and grant that we, remembering the account
that we must one day give,
may be faithful stewards of your bounty;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen APBA p.588
GOSPEL for the Day: Luke 11: 42-46
“But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and herbs of all kinds, and neglect justice and the love of God; it is these you ought to have practiced, without neglecting the others. Woe to you Pharisees! For you love to have the seat of honor in the synagogues and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces. Woe to you! For you are like unmarked graves, and people walk over them without realizing it.”
One of the lawyers answered him, “Teacher, when you say these things, you insult us too.” And he said, “Woe also to you lawyers! For you load people with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not lift a finger to ease them.
GOSPEL Reflection : Contributed by Marianne Esposito
This passage certainly encourages me to question and consider my attitudes and behaviours both towards God and towards my fellow travellers. It is easy to tithe mint & rue and herbs … especially since they are condiments and usually free/much cheaper than the actual protein and carbohydrates of the meal. Am I giving just enough of myself to religious practices to fulfill the letter of the law rather than giving my all to live out the spirit of the law – justice and love of God?
Is attending Church along with a few hurried 5 minute prayer / shopping list of prayer requests, really an expression of my love for God in response to his great redemptive and fatherly love and care for me? Do I value the notice and respect of humans rather than the respect of God? Whose time and attention do I seek on a daily basis? Am I expecting people to carry their own burdens without physically helping them with it whenever it is possible for me to do so?
Dear Lord, please help me to see not only the plank within my own eye, but the hypocrisy within my nature, that I may always choose your ways and give to you all honour and glory.
Teach us, good Lord, to serve thee as thou deservest;
to give and not to count the cost;
to fight and not to heed the wounds;
to toil and not to seek for rest;
to labour and not to ask for any reward,
save that of knowing that we do thy will.