by Sister Renee Delvaux
In preaching to the people, Jesus urged them to observe what the scribes and Pharisees say but not to follow what they do. The scribes and Pharisees “preach but they do not practice,” and furthermore, “they love places of honor; all their works are performed to be seen.”
So, what is Jesus’ message for us? It is simply that we are to match what we say with what we do. It sounds so simple but the follow through with the doing gets more challenging! Are you ready to speak and live as Jesus instructs, as a humble servant before all? This is our call to discipleship.
Jesus’ teachings often end with a bit of a jolt, as does this Gospel. He reminds us that the great ones in the community should be the servants of all, and that, “whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” No, Jesus doesn’t leave us feeling comfortable, but rather, challenged!
Thanks for your special thoughts & reflection questions...
Volunteering in the Green Bay Public Schools, I see the disparity that is perpetuated and promoted by the 'legalization' and use of private school vouchers. It takes great courage and sacrifice to speak up to let the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay and the Catholic School System know that they are contributing to racial and economic injustice and oppression, as well as harming those who need help the most. If I am to 'walk my talk,' I must begin to speak up in such a way as to be heard, or I am guilty of the sins of omission.
While I know I need to concentrate on myself, I cannot help but think how wonderful it would be if more "great ones in the community" (i.e., elected officials) would conduct themselves as "servants of all." Thanks for the thoughtful reflection, Sister.
Hello Sister Renee,
Great reflection to start my Monday. It is very challenging to put words into actions. I will pray for this. God Bless you and all of the Sisters.