Meditation: Is the Lord Jesus welcomed at your table and
are you ready to feast at his table? A Pharisee, after hearing
Jesus preach, invited him to dinner, no doubt, because he wanted
to hear more from this extraordinary man who spoke the word of God
as no one else had done before. It was not unusual for a rabbi to
give a teaching over dinner. Jesus, however, did something which
offended his host. He did not perform the ceremonial washing of
hands before beginning the meal. Did Jesus forget or was he
deliberately performing a sign to reveal something to his host?
Jesus turned the table on his host by chiding him for uncleanness
What makes the heart clean and holy?
Which is more important to God - clean hands or a clean mind and heart? Jesus chided the Pharisees for harboring evil thoughts that make us unclean spiritually - such as greed, pride, bitterness, envy, arrogance, and the like. Why does he urge them, and us, to give alms? When we give freely and generously to those in need we express love, compassion, kindness, and mercy. And if the heart is full of love and compassion, then there is no room for envy, greed, bitterness, and the like. Do you allow God's love to transform your heart, mind, and actions toward your neighbor?
"Lord Jesus, fill me with your love and increase my thirst for holiness. Cleanse my heart of every evil thought and desire and help me to act kindly and justly and to speak charitably with my neighbor."
This reflection is courtesy of Don Schwager, whose website is located at: http://www.rc.net/wcc/readings/