WOE – we can honestly see the workings of the flesh…tithe to the neglect of justice, love of God and neighbors! Seek the place of honor to be a celebrity; do not lift a finger to easy the burden of the neighbor – WOE, Jesus says!
The first reading speaks – “If you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the law.” A clear dichotomy exists in St. Paul’s writings – work of the flesh vs. work of the Spirit. Our Lord shows the WOES outside of Him…in the lives of the Pharisees and in this instance of a lawyer. The gospel reading presents the stark contrast of Jesus’ self-portrait in Matthew’s Beatitudes. The whole message of the gospel is to be like Jesus.
My Lord, what are you saying to us in all these. Speak Lord, your child awaits!