Word of the day
Reading of the day
A reading from the Book of Isaiah
IS 1:10, 16-20
Hear the word of the LORD,
princes of Sodom!
Listen to the instruction of our God,
people of Gomorrah!
Wash yourselves clean!
Put away your misdeeds from before my eyes;
cease doing evil; learn to do good.
Make justice your aim: redress the wronged,
hear the orphan’s plea, defend the widow.
Come now, let us set things right,
says the LORD:
Though your sins be like scarlet,
they may become white as snow;
Though they be crimson red,
they may become white as wool.
If you are willing, and obey,
you shall eat the good things of the land;
But if you refuse and resist,
the sword shall consume you:
for the mouth of the LORD has spoken!
Gospel of the day
From the Gospel according to Matthew
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 Christ.
The greatest among you must be your servant.
Whoever exalts himself will be humbled;
but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”
Words of the Holy Father
“If you take this path, the one to which I invite you, ‘even if your sins are like scarlet, they will become as white as snow’. It’s an exaggeration! The Lord exaggerates; but it’s the truth, because God, seeing our conversion, ìgives us the gift of his forgiveness’ and ‘forgives generously’. God does not say: ‘I’ll forgive you up to here, then we’ll see the rest...’. On the contrary, ‘the Lord always forgives everything, everything’. However, ‘if you want to be forgiven’ you have to set out on the ‘path of doing good’”. (Santa Marta 3 March 2015)