The first reading reminds us of our social responsibilities as Christians. We cannot profess to be followers of Christ if we mistreat our workers, cheat the government and neglect the widows and orphans. Christianity has slowly made many peoples more humane and adopt laws that benefit the poor and the oppressed. But the world has forgotten its Christian roots and become godless, selfish, arrogant and unkind. We should reflect on our own lives and how we can become better Christians. It could be by sharing our blessings with the poor, giving more quality time to our families, not condoning unjust social practices, etc. We must be happy to be Christians and strive to bring justice and love to others.
The gospel is an indictment of the hypocrisy of the Pharisees during the time of Jesus. Their sin was not to practice what they preached. This is what we might also be doing. So people do not listen to us anymore, our children do not obey us, and our neighbors speak behind our backs. Therefore, we need to reevaluate our actions and behavior and then ask God’s help to reform our lives. This is the purpose of the season of Lent: to convert to the Lord, to His ways of thinking and doing. We are called to humility, to accept corrections, and even humiliations and injustices. We are called to save men and bring love and forgiveness to the most hardened and unbelieving of men. Let us save the world by following the footsteps of the crucified Christ.