Today’s Gospel Reading: Luke 11:42-46 – TWENTY-EIGHTH WEEK OF THE YEAR: Wednesday, 17 October 2018
The dinner party continues to go to pieces. Jesus deprecates the the Pharisees’ insistence on tithing grain, fruit and even garden plants with extreme meticulousness while they neglect justice and love. Their spiritual energies are misdirected.
A lawyer interrupts Jesus to suggest that He is speaking in such sweeping generalizations that some people might think that He is referring to the lawyers as well. Jesus turns on him to say, “Woe to you lawyers!” They laid an increasing number of burdens on people, snowballing religious conventions, expanding simple laws and placing their byzantine interpretations on the same level as revelation.
There are hierarchies of truth and traditions. It is important to go back to the well in prayer to regain perspective.
Jakarta, 17 October 2018
A Christian Pilgrim