Are We Like The Pharisees?

Our faith tells us that Jesus is really present in the Eucharist. Hebrews 13:8 says that”Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever”. This means that present in the Eucharist is the same Jesus that healed the lepers and raised Lazarus from the dead. Yet we do not see miracles when we go to mass. Why not? Could it be that the reason is that we are too much like the Pharisees or the people of Nazareth?
Are we like the Pharisees hung up on rules and so busy fulfilling every little rule and critical of those who seem less ardent? Are we so concerned with carrying out the letter of the law that we forgotten the spirit of the law which is love? Do we love the people we encounter both in and out of church?
What is our attitude when we go to mass? Are we seeking the gem God has for us in the homily or are we too busy looking for a reason to complain? Are we judgmental and overly critical of the homily, the collections, the ushers, lectors and extraordinary ministers? Are we looking around to see who’s there, what they are wearing or are we focus on Jesus who we will receive in a short time?
Are we like the publican who prayed in humility for mercy or are we like the Pharisee who was so full of himself and critical to others? Are we focus on criticizing the priest and everyone else, always looking for the negative, thinking that we know better?
Are we willing to recognize the fact that we are broken people, that no one is perfect especially ourselves? Are we open to the idea that we need to repent, that we need to change and open ourselves up to God’s grace of do we think we’re perfect?
Why are we even at mass? Are we there out of love for God and a desire to worship Him with all our heart? Do we come to give ourselves to God? Or are we simply fulfilling a rule? Maybe we’re there because we want to be seen, to make a positive impression on others. Maybe we want to impress people with how holy we are. Why are we there?
Are we actually expecting anything? Are we like the woman who touched Jesus’ cloak expecting to be blessed in some way? Or have we gone to mass so often that we expect or hope for nothing more than a good homily and a short mass? Are we closed to the possibility that God might do something new, something we don’t expect, something out of the box we put Him in?

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Author: ronquinlan

To me the message is what is important. Feel free to copy and use anything on this blog. Some pieces were originally published by Catholic Lane so please give them credit. I am a charismatic Roman Catholic and former Social Studies teacher in Catholic Schools. Pieces I've written have been published on Catholi Lane, Catholic Exchange and the Women of Grace blog.

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