Tuesday of the Eighteenth week in Ordinary Time

Saint Matthew 15:1-2.10-14.
by Daily Gospel | Source: Daily Gospel
Book of Numbers 12:1-13.

While they were in Hazeroth, Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses on the pretext of the marriage he had contracted with a Cushite woman.

They complained, "Is it through Moses alone that the LORD speaks? Does he not speak through us also?" And the LORD heard this.

Now, Moses himself was by far the meekest man on the face of the earth.

So at once the LORD said to Moses and Aaron and Miriam, "Come out, you three, to the meeting tent." And the three of them went.

Then the LORD came down in the column of cloud, and standing at the entrance of the tent, called Aaron and Miriam. When both came forward,
he said, "Now listen to the words of the LORD: Should there be a prophet among you, in visions will I reveal myself to him, in dreams will I speak to him;

Not so with my servant Moses! Throughout my house he bears my trust:
face to face I speak to him, plainly and not in riddles. The presence of the LORD he beholds.

Why, then, did you not fear to speak against my servant Moses?"

So angry was the LORD against them that when he departed,
and the cloud withdrew from the tent, there was Miriam, a snow-white leper! When Aaron turned and saw her a leper,
"Ah, my lord!" he said to Moses, "please do not charge us with the sin that we have foolishly committed!
Let her not thus be like the stillborn babe that comes forth from its mother's womb with its flesh half consumed."

Then Moses cried to the LORD, "Please, not this! Pray, heal her!"

Psalms 51(50):3-4.5-6a.6bc-7.12-13.

Have mercy on me, God, in your goodness; in your abundant compassion blot out my offense.

Wash away all my guilt; from my sin cleanse me.

For I know my offense; my sin is always before me.

Against you alone have I sinned; I have done such evil in your sight That you are just in your sentence, blameless when you condemn.

Against you alone have I sinned; I have done such evil in your sight That you are just in your sentence, blameless when you condemn.

Against you alone have I sinned; I have done such evil in your sight That you are just in your sentence, blameless when you condemn.

True, I was born guilty, a sinner, even as my mother conceived me.

A clean heart create for me, God; renew in me a steadfast spirit.

Do not drive me from your presence, nor take from me your holy spirit.

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 15:1-2.10-14.

Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said,
Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They do not wash (their) hands when they eat a meal.

He summoned the crowd and said to them, "Hear and understand.

It is not what enters one's mouth that defiles that person; but what comes out of the mouth is what defiles one."

Then his disciples approached and said to him, "Do you know that the Pharisees took offense when they heard what you said?"

He said in reply, "Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted.

Let them alone; they are blind guides (of the blind). If a blind person leads a blind person, both will fall into a pit."

Commentary of the day
Origen (c.185-253), priest and theologian
Homily 1 on Leviticus ; PG 12,405 (cf SC 286)

"They are blind guides of the blind"

When, in these last days, the Word of God was born of Mary, clothed in flesh and revealed to the world, what was seen of him was something other than the mind could discern. The appearance of his body was clear to all, but knowledge of his divinity was only granted to some. Similarly, when the Word of God speaks to us through the Old Law and the prophets, he shows himself beneath the veil of the appropriate garments. In his incarnation he is clothed with flesh; in the Holy Scriptures he is clothed with the veil of the letter. The veil of the letter can be compared to his humanity and the spiritual sense of the Law to his divinity. In the book of Leviticus we find the rites of sacrifice, the various sacrificial animals, the priestly liturgical service...: blessed the eyes that discern the divine Spirit hidden beneath the veil...

«Whenever a person turns to the Lord the veil is removed... and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom,» says the apostle Paul (2Cor 3,16-17). Thus it is to the Lord and the Spirit themselves we must pray, that he will deign to remove every obscurity so that we can behold in Jesus the wonders of the spiritual meaning of the Law, like the man who said: «Open my eyes that I may see the wonders of your Law» (Ps 119[118],18).

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