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The good news for the day October 12

Wednesday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time (469)

The Lord said: “Woe to you Religious leaders! You pay tithes for tiny items like mint, rue and every garden herb, but you pay no attention to choosing (crisis) and to love for God. These you should have been doing, without overlooking the rest. Woe to you Religious leaders! You love the seat of honor in synagogues and greetings in marketplaces.  Woe to you! You are like unseen graves over which people unknowingly walk.” Then someone educated in the law said to him in reply, “Teacher, when you say this, you are criticizing us too.” He said, “Woe also to you scholars of the law! You impose on people burdens hard to carry, but you yourselves do not lift afinger to touch them.” (Luke ELEVEN)

Like or it or not, religious leaders (as well as you and I) tend to drift into abuse of power, into emphasizing money over mercy, control over compassion—burdening rather than freeing people. The “woe” that Jesus directs to his Pharisee-religious leaders seems almost a permanent need in Christians.

The difference Jesus offers is between drifting along in life or—else— Choosing to LIVE. If you or leaders emphasize external conformity, petty rules, self-importance and control of others—there is something wrong. You and I, of course, have these faults. You and I ARE religious leaders. You need, like Jesus, to fight it—in yourself and in your religious leaders.

Recognize in yourself and in them that follower-of-Jesus-leadership chooses mercy rather than obedience. You choose welcome over judgment, forgiveness over accusations, respect over control, you choose reducing others’ burdens rather than doubling down on their faults.

 

The Leader-Life Jesus offers is unseen, not ostentatious, evading publicity. It is quiet, courageous, helpful and shared—we are one Family, not superior and inferior, not learned and stupid—viewing others as though

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