31st Sunday OT – 2017

 

“… do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you, but do not follow their example”

 

The rules and regulations are important for the life of a society. They bring an order and harmony to a group of people, as long as there are just regulations. And it is important that there are some people – priests, leaders, fathers, mothers – who remind us about it by their words.

Yet, we do know, that “words are cheap”, at time worth nothing, if the example of those who preach or proclaim them does not follow them. And this does not relate to the priests or leaders only but to each one of us living in a society.

Listening to a teacher, we get wiser, we learn something. And it is good and needed in our life. Watching others doing something good encouragers us to do the same, to be good. We even learn more from their example then from their words.

Each one of us shall remember that others – children, young people and adults – listen and look at us and learn something.

If we say good words, they say we are good people;

if we say wise words, they say we are wise people;

if we one thing but do other, they say we are Pharisees (liars);

if we say something and do as we say, they may say nothing, but they will follow us.

A teaching gets listeners, the example gets followers.

The best example is given to us by Jesus, let us follow Him.

Fr. Kgotsofalang SCJ

 

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