31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Pius X | News
3 Nov 2017

In the gospel today, Jesus had some harsh criticism to make to the Scribes and Pharisees.  He called them hypocrites, because they didn’t practice what they preached.  This message was also addressed to the crowds and to the disciples.  The people clearly knew the oppression of the corrupt leadership.  The disciples needed to learn the true meaning of authority and to live that out accordingly.  So, Matthew quotes Jesus’ words: “The greatest among you will be your servant and all who humble themselves will be exalted.”   The thing is that this message is as relevant now as it was back then.  Religious office-holders are still reluctant to let go of places of honour, titles and so on, which are clearly contrary to the spirit of the Gospel.  So, for each of us, it is important that we ask ourselves whether we practice what we preach.  If we live by our beliefs, we ourselves will be the first to benefit.  But we will also set a good example for others.  People whose religion begins and ends with worship and ritual practices are like soldiers forever manoeuvring, but never getting into action.  What great prophets have said is forgotten, but what heroes and saints have done is still remembered.  There can be no happiness for us, as long as the things we believe in are different from the things we do.