Opening the Word: Who is the Pharisee?

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"Or those who sing along with hymns by David Haas! They probably reduce the Gospel to a bunch of social principles. You know who is at fault for secularization?  It's them!"

Imagine both groups proudly proclaiming, "At least, I am not among these."

So, we must ask ourselves, "Who is the Pharisee?" Today, it's not the rigorist or the reformist, per se.

We must recognize that it is all those who try to limit salvation to their in-group, whoever that in-group might be.

After all, it's not the Latin-Mass goers or the singers of Haas alone who will be saved.  It's the entire human family called to adore at the Eucharistic altar, discovering the God who loves unto the end.

Who is the Pharisee?

The danger of Christian life is that it may not be any of "them" out there.

It could be me. 

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