Tuesday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time
Reading 1Gal 5:1-6 Gospel Lk 11:37-41
In the first reading from the letter to the Galatians, St Paul constantly warns the people to grow beyond the traditional laws to the fulfillment of the laws exhibited by Jesus Christ. In the gospel of today we see a strong criticism raised by Jesus as against a Pharisee who invited Jesus to dine with him. His complaint was that Jesus did not wash his hands before the meals. The concern of the Pharisee was not about the health and Hygiene of Jesus Christ instead he was all worried about the violation of a norm that existed then.
The readings would invite all of us to avoid pretentions and superficialities. We are living in a world of duplicity wherein we are tend to think and act so as to get ourselves praised and valued by the other. But meantime we forget the fact that we lose our real identity and we cannot live in this fake identity for a long duration and we are sure to get caught at one moment or the other. Jesus criticized people who practiced laws to become righteous in the sight of the other. We are invited today to reflect and see whether we are in search of human praise and appreciation or do we find meaning in following the laws with all sincerity so that Jesus who is the fulfillment of all laws would be pleased with us. Let us avoid showiness instead embrace holiness.