04 February 2023

Weekend Reading: The Leaven of the Pharisees


"For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy overcomes judgment.

What does it profit, brothers and sisters, if someone says he has faith but does not have works?  Can faith save him?  If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, 'Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,' but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?  Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

But someone will say, 'You have faith, and I have works.' Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God.  You do well.  Even the demons believe—and tremble!  

You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith alone."

James 2L13-24

"Beware the leaven of the Pharisees, which is a pious, hollow hypocrisy."

Luke 12:1

"Not everyone who calls out to me, 'Lord! Lord!' will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven."

Matt 7:21

"You put away the light, yourselves; you first pluck out both your own eyes, yourselves; and after that other men’s too, so that the blind may lead the blind, until you both fall into the pit.”

Thomas More, The Sadness of Christ

“No, this is the kind of fasting I want:
Free those who are wrongly imprisoned;
   lighten the burden of those who work for you.
Let the oppressed go free,
   and remove the chains that bind people.
Share your food with the hungry,
   and give shelter to the homeless.
Give clothes to those who need them,
   and do not hide from relatives who need your help.

“Then your salvation will come like the dawn,
   and your wounds will quickly heal.
Your godliness will lead you forward,
   and the glory of the Lord will protect you from behind.
Then when you call, the Lord will answer.
   ‘Yes, I am here,’ he will quickly reply.

“Remove the heavy yoke of oppression.
Stop pointing your finger and spreading vicious rumors!
Feed the hungry,
   and help those in trouble.
Then your light will shine out from the darkness,
   and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon."

Isaiah 58:6-10

"Those among the rich who are not, in the rigorous sense, damned, can understand poverty, because they are poor themselves, after a fashion; they cannot understand destitution.  Capable of giving alms, perhaps, but incapable of stripping themselves bare, they will be moved, to the sound of beautiful music, at Jesus’s sufferings, but His Cross, the reality of His Cross, will horrify them.  

They want it all out of gold, bathed in light, costly and of little weight; pleasant to see, hanging from a woman’s beautiful throat."

Léon Bloy