Pharisees and Jesus — lesson for today

When a story is written, there is always a protagonist (hero/heroine) and the opponent (villain). Many of the stories have hero transformed into a super-hero and villian transformed into a devil incarnate. When we read the gospel, there is definitely a hero, who is Jesus. It is difficult to call him super-hero as he ends his earthly life on the cross. And there could be many villains, one of the most popular ones being the pharisees. Now these pharisees come quite often in the gospel readings of the Holy Eucharist…

  1. ‘to reclaim the original sense of the laws’ — do this if possible, else go to the next level.
  2. ‘to invent relevant and contemporary expressions of law’.
  3. 'to form consciences of the people and not to replace them'. — it is not that they become alienated from community, but the final decision has to be taken by the person (and not dictated by others).

A Jesuit interested to think and write; Loves philosophy, spirituality, politics…. Believes in God & well-being of all humans… Open to difference & newness..

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