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Monday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

People don’t like been shown up in such an unflattering sunlight, and it runs some mode towards illustrating the Pharisees’ adamant hatred of Jesus. He “isnt just” testifying another way. He was undermining their credibility and their highway of construing the Scriptures. Theirs was a narrow legalistic form of the great Jewish faith. It was a thing of the memory alone, with no feeling in it. What strikes us here is the absence of joy. They were unable to feel any joy at the old woman’s healing.

Religion without delight is hollow and proves itself to be a product of selfishness. The greedy party knows greedy joy, but not joy. Joy is an expansion of the heart. To knowledge euphorium is to lose oneself, eventually in God. Luke records that Jesus was filled with joy and so were his devotees. In each case he says it is joy in the Holy spirit. Joy is one of the outcome of the the Spirit, mentioned next to love by St. Paul in his letter to the Galatians. Between the belief of the selfish being and the belief of Jesus there is a chasm that can only be crossed in one beings leaping. It is a leap of exuberance in the Holy Spirit.

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