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    Daily Strength Devotional - November 5, 2017 Catholic Devotions

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    November 5
    Scripture Reading: Matthew 23:1-12


    Today’s gospel is part of a longstanding criticism of Jesus against the Scribes and the Pharisees (Mt 23, 1-39). Luke and Mark mentioned only a few lines of this criticism against the religious heads of their time. It is only the Gospel of Matthew which has a longer presentation of this.



     Our scripture reading is a warning against hypocrisy and a call to humility. More importantly, Jesus challenges those of us who have stopped going to mass/church or fellowship because of the behavior of some religious spiritual leaders, those of us who have backslide from holiness because of the bad examples and influence of the religious leaders, when He says, “You must therefore do and observe what they tell you; but do not be guided by what they do, since they do not practice what they preach.” This instruction is timely because of the high hypocrisy among some leaders of the church.

     We must adhere to the teachings of the church irrespective of the behavior of the members of the Church. In the face of multiple scandals, as a result of double standards in the life of religious leaders in our time, as it was in Jesus ‘time all Christians must adhere to the instructions of our Lord, Jesus Christ. In truth, scandal should not discourage us who have truly experienced the love and power of God.

    We must anchor our faith on any man, no matter how holy or “powerful” he or she may appear. Without underplaying the influence of mentorship, we must have Jesus as our primary mentor. We must anchor our faith on Christ the solid Rock. We must develop faith that is beyond human scandal, a faith that is strong and mature, untouched by the unethical or unchristian behavior or attitude of God’s minister. In conclusion, Jesus warns Christians leaders in Mark 9:42, “If anyone causes one of these little ones--those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea.”

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    Father forgive us for being hypocritical in our dealings. We want to honor you with every word that comes from our mouth and every action we take throughout the days of our lives. holy spirit, give us contrite hearts. Give us humility to see how far we are from being perfect and how badly we need you if are ever going to live lives that will glorify you. Help us to realize when we being judgmental of other. Father replace the judgmental spirit in us with us agape love. Help us to love better.
    Exercise: share this reflection with someone today
    Meditation :Rom 2:19-24

    Catholic devotions.expressions of love and fidelity that arise from the intersection of one's own faith, culture and the Gospel of Jesus Christ, November 5

    Scripture Reading: Matthew 23:1-12

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