Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do. (Matthew 23:3)
And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted. (Matthew 23:12)
“Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean;
Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes.
Cease to do evil,
Learn to do good;
Rebuke the oppressor;
Defend the fatherless,
Plead for the widow.” (Isaiah 1:16-17)
Have you ever rebuked someone?
When I was younger, I was arrogant enough to tell someone about his/her iniquities. I often rebuke my friends and proudly gave them remarkable advice from the books I read or any speech I’d heard before. At the moment God rebuke me, I was shocked, but after that I realize that Gid wants me not only talking goodness, but more importantly is to do the goodness. Doing nice actions for others is absolutely not by judging them, but by loving them. That was my tipping point. Since then, I tried my best to keep silent unless I am asked to. I also stop judging others and start to learn loving them, because I know I am an imperfect human either.
In today’s first reading, Isaiah told the Israelites to repent from their sins and turned back to God. It’s interesting that one part of Isaiah saying is: “Rebuke the oppressor.” Is it means they are told to judge each other? It cannot be concluded that way. Just before that particular part, Isaiah said some other things that they have to do before they should rebuke the sinner. Some of those are: Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before God’s eyes, cease to do evil, learn to do good; and seek justice. These warned us, instead of judging others easily, we should first examine ourself. Have we done the right things as God commandments?
Jesus said in the gospel today that we should do what the scribes and Pharisees said, but not what they do. It’s a very strong criticism to the scribes at that time and also for present religious leaders.
May God grant us with a humble heart which is loving much more than judging. May God bless us with awareness to do what is certainly true. God bless you 😊.