Tuesday 25 August 2020

Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time

Word for today
The Gospel of Matthew 23:23-26

The gnat and the camel

What can we say about the mental system of a person who, after having slaughtered a man with an ax, becomes utterly distraught and worried because some blood has soiled his cuffs. This the choice. If you choose to strain out the gnat, you will swallow the camel.
Investing money, technology and creativity into designing a beautiful sports car without bothering and investing to avoid polluting the air with its engine is straining out at a gnat and swallowing a camel. Being shocked by children's abuse and accepting the destruction of unborn children in their mothers' wombs is straining out the gnat and swallowing the camel. Teaching for centuries how an equation works, how to read a poem, and never teaching how the power of the mind affects emotions and the entire body's health is straining out the gnat and swallowing the camel. This is how, in people's mind, a small pebble becomes a mountain and a mountain becomes a small pebble. In this way stupidity becomes hypocrisy and hypocrisy stupidity, and the leaders of humanity, everyday more blind and foolish, lead people to the abyss. What's the solution, or, rather, the therapy? The Gospel is always ready to cast light so we can see our way: judgment and mercy and fidelity. Life's foundations without which all and everyone's life is in terrible danger are stated here in a simple and straightforward way: Judgement, mercy and fidelity, this is the mountain, all the rest is details, small pebbles. Without judgement, mercy and fidelity all the rest loses its meaning, value, light and life.