TENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR II: THURSDAY
“I tell you, then, that you will be able to enter the Kingdom of Heaven only if you are more faithful than the teachers of the Law and the Pharisees in doing what God requires. (Quoted from Google, ‘The name ‘Pharisee’ means ‘separated one.’ The Pharisees separated themselves from society to study and teach the Law, but they also separated themselves from the common people because they considered themselves religiously unclean.’
In Matthew 23:2-8, Jesus stated, “The teachers of the Law and the Pharisees are the authorized interpreters of Moses’ Law. So you must obey and follow everything they tell you to do; do not, however, imitate their actions, because they don’t practice what they preach.”
What were wrong about the Pharisees and teachers of the Law?
–They tie onto people’s back loads that are heavy and hard to carry, yet they aren’t willing even to lift a finger to help them carry those loads.
–They do everything so that people will see them. Look at the straps with scripture verses on them which they wear on their foreheads and arms, and notice how large they are! Notice also how long are the tassels on their cloaks.
–They love the best places at feasts and the reserved seats in the synagogues.
–They love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to have people call them ‘Teacher.’
God the Father through Jesus Christ revealed to us simple steps in order to enter the Kingdom of God of which the Spirit within all religious rituals are fundamental instead of focusing on the outwards signs and appearance, Christ revealed to us, how we could enter the Kingdom of Heaven, instead of the Pharisees and teachers of the Laws who emphasized on outwards signs and appearance.
In Matthew 18:3, Jesus stated, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” (Here we could see that Jesus Christ used simple way to reveal to us our relationships with God and if God is our Father and we are His children, then we are in the Kingdom of Heaven. The Holy Spirit sent forth by God through Christ will reveal and teach us step by steps as He guides, helps and leads us into the Kingdom of Heaven. If we could see and understand the Mystery of the Blessed Trinity in relationship to His Humanity, we will know and understand why God takes Flesh and becomes One of us, so in order that He could lead us ‘by the Hands and together we journey into the Kingdom of God our Father’. Jesus Christ the Son of Mary called His Divinity Father, as the Blessed Trinity is God in Three different Persons with different Roles in the Kingdom of God. So it is through us joining our hearts and souls with Jesus Christ as Bride to her Husband and this is the Nature of our relationships with God through Christ whom God betroths us through Christ Jesus.
Natures of our relationships with God and God with us planned and willed by God, in order that we will have happiness and joy in the Kingdom of Heaven.
–As Bride of Christ—so we are drawn intimately to God our Father through Jesus Christ, because no human beings can become the Bride of God in their sinful state of beings, so in the Body and Person of our Lord Jesus Christ, we could see different sections that lead to the Holy of Holies, where this is the Holy Sanctuary of God and God is on His Throne in the Person of the Glorious Son of Man. First we all gathered together in the ‘Outer Court’ getting ready to enter the Temple of Christ’s Body. We would experience being drawn to the Church and communities of believers and we start reading the Bible, attracted to Spiritual uplifting hymns, songs and music. Second, we are inside the ‘Holy Place’ where we began to love the children of God and our focuses are on God and we worship Him. There will be Peace, Love and Joy of Christ within our hearts and finally, by opening the doors of our hearts in trusting and relying on God through the Holy Spirit we began to be uplifted and we will be able to experience more powerfully the Presence of God in our midst within our own bodies and those of others. Therefore our Goal is to reach the Holy of Holies in the Temple of Christ’s Body and He is God-in-Flesh, so all those drawn to God will be drawn to Jesus Christ.
–children of God—Although the magnetic and spiritual attraction between human beings and God through Christ is Bride and Bridegroom, but more so, we are all children of God in the Body of the Son of God in the Son of Man. Therefore as children of God we will progress toward being like Jesus Christ as the Son of God in the Son of Man, where His Human Person’s relationship with God is Father and Son, but as the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity He is God the Almighty or the Word of God. What types of children belonged to the Kingdom of Heaven? We know there are different characters in children, but the nature of children instilled by God in every child, is total reliance and trust in God, knowing full well that what our mothers or fathers give us is the best, even chastisements are considered actions of love by our parents, so most children don’t remember the harsh chastisements or punishments of their parents, because they considered themselves to deserved being punished because these are manifestations of their cares, concerns and loves for us.
–Christ taking flesh in human beings—Here we know that when the Holy Spirit of Christ enters our hearts, lives and bodies in an outpouring of the Holy Spirit just as during the First Pentecost, Christ takes flesh in the Apostles through the Holy Spirit, so Christ although physically Death, is alive and living within the bodies of the Apostles and disciples, so God continues His Mission through His Son Jesus Christ, living in human bodies, those who are baptized in water and the Holy Spirit and to know whether we are receiving full measures of the Holy Spirit, our Words and Actions will tell us the truth of who we are before God through Christ. The Holy Spirit does not sleep within our bodies, because the Holy Spirit moves and acts within our bodies and He will inspires us with fervent zeal and enthusiasm, giving us gifts for the missions and roles of God allocated to each of us, so we will have different gifts of the Holy Spirit and within the Family of God, all saints do not compete with each others for favors, approvals and glories for ourselves, but we give everything to God as we acts as handmaids of God, serving Him through serving His children and communities on earth. Indeed Love is expressed in services in the Kingdom of God.)
“You have heard that people were told in the past, ‘Do not commit murder; anyone who does will be brought to trial.’ But now I tell you; whoever is angry with his brother will be brought to trial, whoever calls his brother ‘You good-for-nothing!’ will be brought before the Council, and whoever calls his brother worthless fool will be in danger of going to the fire of hell. (So here we know that we had committed certain degrees of these sins of which we judged others as though they are not good enough for us because we are measuring the standard of goodness through our own standards without trying to humble ourselves to know that we are not qualified to be role models or standard of goodness, because only God could judge human beings, because God through Christ is Perfect and Holy, so it is His Standard that we are short, as we are move progressing toward the Perfection and Holiness of God. Therefore if we do not repent of our sins when we had committed these sins in certain degrees, we will be brought to the Council, where God through Christ presided over this Council with His angels and saints. As none of us could qualified ourselves as though we deserved to be giving a ‘place’ in the Kingdom of God, but merely through God’s Graces in His Love and Mercy that although we are ‘substandard’ to God’s Standard of Holiness and Goodness, but he lifts us up in order for us to achieve our Goal in life, when we do to others what we want God to do to us. Thinking ourselves as better than others are normal for the children of this world as self-esteem drives the children of this world to higher level of glories and success and ‘self-esteem’ in Encarta Dictionary revealed, ‘self-drive, self-worth, self-image, self-respect- self-assure and these are pride’ so indeed these contradict the spiritual divine virtues of God, where the selves in us is Christ within our bodies, because if we do not have the Image and Likeness of Christ, we will not be able to enter Heaven. Therefore ‘self-esteem’ for the children of God is the Perfection of Christ within the bodies of His saints, so we are offspring of our Divine Father, so only human beings amongst the whole creations of the six days will have physical immortal bodies because all who had died will rise again to the Glory of God in His saints through Christ whom the Father had Chosen to be the Perfection of Himself in His Image and Likeness.)
“So if you are about to offer your gift to God at the altar and there you remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar, go at once and make peace with your brother, and then come back and offer your gift to God. (Here we may asked ourselves whether this applies to us going to Church to celebrate the Eucharistic Feast, should leave our offering be these monies or other contributions because we had done something wrong and had yet to confess our transgressions. These revealed to us what comes first before we enter into the Presence of God and we know that sins are committed by human beings and human bodies are the embodiments of spirits and what spirits are within our human bodies? If we wronged someone merely because he is a human person without the presence and Spirit of God within, then this is not sins because sins are committed by human beings who embodied within themselves the friendships and pacts with Satan, because spiritual wars and battles are always between God and Satan and human beings sinned if they entered the camps of Satan and fought the Camp of God. Therefore if we had entered the camp of Satan and fought against God, these are grave sins of evil, betrayers and wickedness against God and His children on earth. We may say that there are evil spirits in these human beings, so we are fighting these evil spirits within their bodies, but we must take the Words of Jesus Christ seriously that if Satan fights against Satan within human bodies, then he would soon be toppled and earth will be restored into paradise once again, but Satan is cunning and his intelligence is destructive to the children of God, because Satan traps us through their baits, in their snares and entices. God’s Spirit does not fight against God’s Spirit in human beings, but only Satan against God and God against Satan, so these are the natures of restlessness, wars and battles in this world.
Therefore human beings with pacts, relationships and friendships with Satan are accomplices of crimes and wickedness against God and His Kingdom on earth, so if we are the culprits of these crimes and wickedness against God and His children on earth, our offering will be like those offered by Cain and these will not be acceptable but rejected by God, because these are objects to mock and humiliate God. If we give stolen gifts to God, these are rejected by God, because we are despising God as though He does not know the source of these gifts and by leaving the gifts at the altar this is the sign of Reconciliation with God through being reconciled with our fellow human beings on earth. So only we reached God and offer ourselves to Him, could we know our sins, wickedness and crimes against God, therefore only then could we know our sins and reach out to them so to be reconciled and if they forgive us, then God will not hold our sins against us, because if our consciences do not condemn us, then we could expect God through Christ to forgive us as well, because He is much more generous than others who forgive us, so if others forgive us, then God will simultaneously forgive us. So when the immoral sinful woman was brought in for committing adultery, she should be stoned to death, but she was spared because God through Christ permit the crowds to be judges, so when Jesus asked those who committed no sin to stone the woman, all of them went away admitting themselves as sinners, so Jesus Christ made His Judgment through these crowds of people who went away one by one, so Jesus told the woman that God forgave her too but she must not sin again.)
8th June 2022.