Mark 12: 38-40
As he taught, Jesus said, “Watch out for the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and be greeted in the market places, and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. Such men will be punished most severely.”
One of my Dad’s favorite lines said to me was, “Don’t do as I do, do as I say do.” I knew very well what he meant; he was the law and there was judgement if I didn’t obey. (By the way I had a great, godly dad who loved me very much.) Yes, we must obey God’s law and through Jesus Christ we can receive the love to accept the grace to live for God and others. There is no need to exalt ourselves but we can humble ourselves and God will lift us up.
Father thank you for my parents who both tried to teach me to walk in your footsteps. Help each of us to lift up your name in word and in deed while we encourage and lighten the load of our brothers and sisters. Forgive us in the times we may have felt that we were better than someone else. We ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.