Reflection for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Pius X | News
28 Aug 2021

The words of Christ to the Pharisees in today’s gospel are a challenge, and we can hardly deny that they apply to us also. The attitude of the Pharisee lurks within all of us, so a warning about it is never out of place. Jesus is appealing to us to be on our guard against merely external compliance with ritual. God, in looking to our hearts, is demanding that our innermost thoughts as well as our outward actions stand up to God’s scrutiny. We are to be continually searching out what God wants of us, purifying the way we live and practicing our religion. It is surprisingly easy for our prayers and Mass-going to sink into an empty ceremony, for our worship to become heartless and without love. The big temptation is to leave ourselves out of this sermon and not to ask what our motives behind coming to Mass today were? Wearing a religious medal or going on a pilgrimage does not necessarily make us good Catholics.  Joined hands are no substitute for sincere prayer, coming from the heart.  It is very easy to depart from God’s will and appear religious at the same time, but lip-service, however well performed, falls short of worship.  To be more than Sunday Christians, the love of God must flow into our daily lives and into our workplace.