Word of the day

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Reading of the day

A reading from the First Letter to the Thessalonians
1 Thes 2:9-13

You recall, brothers and sisters, our toil and drudgery.
Working night and day in order not to burden any of you,
we proclaimed to you the Gospel of God.
You are witnesses, and so is God,
how devoutly and justly and blamelessly
we behaved toward you believers.
As you know, we treated each one of you as a father treats his children,
exhorting and encouraging you and insisting
that you walk in a manner worthy of the God
who calls you into his Kingdom and glory.

And for this reason we too give thanks to God unceasingly,
that, in receiving the word of God from hearing us,
you received it not as the word of men, but as it truly is, the word of God,
which is now at work in you who believe.

Gospel of the day

From the Gospel according to Matthew
Mt 23:27-32

Jesus said,
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites.
You are like whitewashed tombs, which appear beautiful on the outside,
but inside are full of dead men’s bones and every kind of filth.
Even so, on the outside you appear righteous,
but inside you are filled with hypocrisy and evildoing.

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites.
You build the tombs of the prophets
and adorn the memorials of the righteous,
and you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our ancestors,
we would not have joined them in shedding the prophets’ blood.’
Thus you bear witness against yourselves
that you are the children of those who murdered the prophets;
now fill up what your ancestors measured out!”

Words of the Holy Father

Hypocrisy is the language of the devil, it is the language that enters our heart and is sown by the devil. You can’t live with hypocritical people, but there are some. Jesus likes to unmask hypocrisy. He knows that it is precisely this hypocritical attitude that will lead to His death, because the hypocrite does not think about whether he uses lawful means or not, he goes ahead: slander? “Let us commit slander.” False witness? “Let us look for a false witness.” (Pope Francis, Santa Marta, 15 October 2019)