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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 23,1-12. breski1 Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying, "The scribes and the Pharisees have taken their seat on the chair of …More
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 23,1-12. breski1
Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples,
saying, "The scribes and the Pharisees have taken their seat on the chair of Moses.
Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you, but do not follow their example. For they preach but they do not practice.
They tie up heavy burdens (hard to carry) and lay them on people's shoulders, but they will not lift a finger to move them.
All their works are performed to be seen. They widen their phylacteries and lengthen their tassels.
They love places of honor at banquets, seats of honor in synagogues,
greetings in marketplaces, and the salutation 'Rabbi.'
As for you, do not be called 'Rabbi.' You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers.
Call no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in heaven.
Do not be called 'Master'; you have but one master, the Messiah.
The greatest among you must be your servant.
Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted."

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Blessed Charles de Foucauld (1858-1916)

hermit and missionary in the Sahara
§ 79, psalm 40[41] (Meditations on the psalms)

"You have only one master and you are all brothers" (Mt 23:8)
"You have only one Father, God: you are all brothers." You put it to us concisely, Lord Jesus: all men form one big family, all are brothers, God is our common Father; all should have for each other the thoughts, words, actions that a good father wants his children to have between them. The love that the best of fathers wishes to see reigning between his children, this is the love we owe to all people, to each person without exception. And our model, Jesus, gives us an example of it: he is God who comes on earth to show us, in human form, how he wants each person to love other people. What does Jesus do? He lives for thirty four years and he gives his blood amid the most terrible torments for the sanctification and salvation of all men, not just all in general but each in particular in such a way that there is no one of whom one might not say: this man, Jesus died died to save and sanctify him. After the precept of fraternal love, this is the example as Jesus has given it. As St. Paul said: it is your brother whom Christ has "purchased at great price!" (cf. 1 Cor 6:20). Each person is our real brother in God, and each person has been loved and valued so greatly by Jesus that he died for him. Each person should appear to us as a brother, and a brother as though covered with a cloak of the Blood of Jesus.