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Gospel Reflections Mathew 23:1-12

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The other evening Hollywood's "stars" were out in force for the annual Academy Awards. TV viewers around the globe tuned in to watch the stream of celebrities walk the red carpet all adorned in their finest designer fashions. Viewers then were treated to the awards ceremony itself with its entertainment segments and recognition of actors, technicians, and such for their various nominee categories. Meanwhile all nominees were showered with gift bags totaling some $45,000 dollars a piece in worth. It was quite a night, quite a spectacle. In Jesus day the scribes and Pharisees were in many ways the celebrities of their day. They were looked up to by the masses. They sat in the places of honor, were front and center at the celebrations of their day. They wore fine clothing with articles of significance reserved only for those of their class. They were awarded countless honors yet Jesus in Mathews Gospel says that their rewards were fleeting, much as the rewards of todays celebrities are fleeting in the eyes of God. Jesus, in the Gospel calls not for celebrity and stardom but for humility and service. Whether that service consists of heroic efforts like St Damien of Molokai who gave his life in service to attending the needs of lepers or in simple everyday service to our family, simple humility and service are the hallmarks of true stardom in the eyes of God. Indeed Christ himself, in the washing of feet, modeled this call to service and humility. In today's on the go Gospel Reflection I discuss todays reading and what is most important in Christ's eyes. Posted to

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