A reflection on the Mass readings for Tuesday, October 14 (Gal. 5:1-6; Lk 11:37-41) by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB.
In the Gospel we hear, "O you Pharisees."(Lk 11:39) Sometimes when I hear this I think, "Dear God, I hope I am not unknowingly in that crowd!" We all want to look perfect. St. Benedict tells us to be holy first. And truly then you won't even worry about looking holy; it won't be your agenda.
Jesus later says in the Gospel, "But as to what is within, give alms and behold, everything will be clean for you." (Lk 39:41) The alms are when we begin to think of the other first. That's the important part for sin basically has to do with selfishness. And then in the first reading we hear, "But only faith working through love."(Gal 5:6) Working through love. Love is a work, a lifetime of work. What doesn't have love will carry no weight in heaven.
...I was thinking when you go through something-- mountains, water-- you are immersed in it, and sometimes you don't even know it. So what does being immersed in love mean?