The benefit of following a lectionary is that it forces those in church to hear the assigned reading with no regard for who is present, how they sin, or what they prefer to hear. If they are present, the judgment of the reading applies to them. Period. Full stop.
When we deceive ourselves, picking and choosing the reading or the verse; when we attempt to discern what should be emphasized or what we think applies to us; we imagine that we are something when we are nothing. We make ourselves a god.
In the Bible, the only thing worse than a city-builder is a city-builder with a god-complex.
Richard and Fr. Marc discuss Matthew 23:23-24.
Episode 365 Matthew 23:23-24; Music:
Gearhead by Kevin MacLeod