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TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (MATTHEW 23:13-22)

25 Aug

ALAS FOR YOU, BLIND GUIDES!

Addressing the people and his disciples Jesus said: “Alas for you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut up the kingdom of heaven in men’s faces, neither going in yourselves nor allowing others to go in who want to.

“Alas for you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You who travel over sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when you have him you make him twice as fit for hell as you are.

“Alas for you, blind guides! You who say, ‘If a man swears by the Temple, it has no force; but if a man swears by the gold of the Temple, he is bound.’ Fools and blind! For which is of greater worth, the gold or the Temple that makes the gold sacred? Or else, ‘If a man swears by the altar it has no force; but if a man swears by the offering that is on the altar, he is bound.’ You blind men! For which is of greater worth, the offering or the altar that makes the offering sacred? Therefore, when a man swears by the altar he is swearing by that and by everything on it. And when a man swears by the Temple he is swearing by that and by the One who dwells in it. And when a man swears by heaven he is swearing by the throne of God and by the One who is seated there.”

V. The Gospel of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 
 

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