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Woe to the Lawyers
Gregory Lemieux wrote:
Everyone; I offer the following passages for your discernment, all from Luke 11:
7"Then the one inside answers, 'Don't bother me. The door is already locked, and my children are with me in bed. I can't get up and give you anything.' 8I tell you, though he will not get up and give him the bread because he is his friend, yet because of the man's boldness he will get up and give him as much as he needs.
9"So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
Q: Isn't Christ teaching & exhorting the necessity for boldness: for asking - seeking - knocking - demanding God's Will to be done? Besides the Word in His Gospels, can anyone offer a Greater Authority to Trust? For some 2000+ years, His Word has largely gone unused - how else can one explain this highly-educated, affluent, "religious", disgusting, nationwide mess & 'culture of death')? Who have our American & Catholic Churches' leadership been "obeying" for the past/recent generations? (not JPII, no way)
21"When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe. 22But when someone stronger attacks and overpowers him, he takes away the armor in which the man trusted and divides up the spoils.
23"He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me, scatters.
Q: How strong have we been, and how strong are we now? What has been lost & taken away? What impenetrable armor is still available to us that's never been signficantly or seriously used before, for over 2000 years? Isn't His Word our Armor, if we use it, that guarantees that greater strength to assure victory? Is this 'spirtual warfare' truly not a war? How much more time must pass; strategizing, negotiating, praying-hoping-waiting out these conventionally evil powers & principalities - who essentially fear nothing? (certainly, they don't fear God)
2He said to them, "When you pray, say:
hallowed be your name,
Q: What does 'hallowed' mean? How many times have we prayed this part, or made reference to the Almighty, without truly thinking/reflecting on and respecting the Greatness in His Holy Name? If we don't do these things, profoundly & sincerely, then aren't we really admitting (to ourselves, and all) how 'unworthy' we truly are to be called His Own? Hypocritical public displays of His Commands - Name - Word in order to "validate" or "restore" US Government; His 'hallowed' Name on America's greatest idol - the US dollar; "one nation under God"; and so on --- besides directly insulting our Hallowed Creator - how's all this foolish-fraud & verbal-vomit going to restore our country that destroys its innocents and the families He's created & blessed?
39Then the Lord said to him, "Now then, you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. 40You foolish people! Did not the one who made the outside make the inside also? 41But give what is inside the dish to the poor, and everything will be clean for you.
42"Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. You should have practiced the latter without leaving the former undone.
43"Woe to you Pharisees, because you love the most important seats in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces.
44"Woe to you, because you are like unmarked graves, which men walk over without knowing it."
45One of the experts in the law answered him, "Teacher, when you say these things, you insult us also."
46Jesus replied, "And you experts in the law, woe to you, because you load people down with burdens they can hardly carry, and you yourselves will not lift one finger to help them.
47"Woe to you, because you build tombs for the prophets, and it was your forefathers who killed them. 48So you testify that you approve of what your forefathers did; they killed the prophets, and you build their tombs. 49Because of this, God in his wisdom said, 'I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and others they will persecute.' 50Therefore this generation will be held responsible for the blood of all the prophets that has been shed since the beginning of the world, 51from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who was killed between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, this generation will be held responsible for it all.
52"Woe to you experts in the law, because you have taken away the key to knowledge. You yourselves have not entered, and you have hindered those who were entering."
53When Jesus left there, the Pharisees and the teachers of the law began to
oppose him fiercely and to besiege him with questions, 54waiting to catch him
in something he might say.
Q: According to this generation's Clergy and their teachings through the American Catholic Church, God & Christ Jesus are (only) Love, Mercy, Compassion, Forgiveness? What/whose "gospels" are they using to shepherd the flocks entrusted to them by God? Are they the "gospels" of prohibited: Truth, obedient Free Will, tough-love, tough/direct/openly-voiced challenges, morally-justified anger & indignity, responsibility, accountability, etc...? The "saviour" these blind shepherds project IS NOT THE HOLY ONE WHO DIED ON THE CROSS FOR ME. My Saviour's admonishments, teachings, provocations, and moral indignations permeate His entire Gospels - not the occasional 'selections' that make it to each Sunday's readings, possibly (or, likely) to be subjected to 'dilution' in a following homily. What about Christ's teachings on the human bastardization of law, and the inhuman ways of lawyers (in general)? Nothing's changed in over 2000 years, and (in disregarding His Expertise on this & how many other subjects) - we are not capable of understanding the Root Cause and Reason for contemporary destructive & uncivilized behavior? Why hasn't our Church ever embraced & directly-stated Christ's teachings & admonishments about the temptations & exploitations via "the law industry"? Was that really an unChrist-like 'intellectual' and institutional decision to protect & maximize the flow of big-affluent/professional dollars/funds into what they considered a "church", or "parish". If so, behold how the Lord has required these foolish shepherds to redistribute those funds back into a victimized & defiled public.
Finally, Christ Jesus gives the repeatedly reoccurring theme in the second line of verse 52: (Woe) "You yourselves (experts in the law [of Moses] - who have taken away the key to knowledge) have not entered, and you have hindered those who were entering." Was not Christ condemning them, as 'the blind leading the blind', and holding them accountable in the strongest possible terms? Was He referring to just those opportunistic 'lawyers of the day', or the elite & egotistical blind (theologians) leaders/shepherds of the Jewish Faith, or both?
Not a d--n thing has changed in 2000 years since the bedient, public, and Holy Death & Sacrifice of His Son. Today's True actions and sacrifices for God in Faith are required to be treated exactly like those of: fraud, theft, adultery, destruction, murdering the unborn, cowardice, blasphemy and every other human-want in offense to God. Darkness! Treat them all equally, quietly, deceitfully; and, trap & bury them in a leak-tight, cold, Dark "court" of depraved human "law". An institutional graveyard where Faithful & Real suffering acts of love are buried alive, suffocated, and left to be forgotten.
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