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Luke 11:47-54

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Jesus said: "Woe to you! For you build the tombs of the prophets whom your ancestors killed. So you are witnesses and approve of the deeds of your ancestors; for they killed them, and you build their tombs. Therefore also the Wisdom of God said, 'I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and persecute,' so that this generation may be charged with the blood of all the prophets shed since the foundation of the world, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who perished between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, it will be charged against this generation. Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge; you did not enter yourselves, and you hindered those who were entering." When he went outside, the scribes and the Pharisees began to be very hostile toward him and to cross-examine him about many things, lying in wait for him, to catch him in something he might say.

Luke 11:47-54
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    • Jesus recognised that the Pharisees had a true inspiration but he regretted how they arranged their lives. What can I learn from those who ‘oppose’ me? What ‘key of knowledge’ do they hold that I might use wisely to enrich my life?
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    • The lawyers whom Jesus faces use the law as a weapon to attack others and to save themselves. This prevents others from entering the kingdom of God. Am I trapped by laws of my own making? Do I spend my time worrying about my status before God instead of living out a life of love?
    • Jesus, you are the key of knowledge. By contemplating you in this time of prayer each day, may I grow in wisdom. May I, like you, serve others in your name.
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    • To be prophetic is a risky business! It means to speak and do as God would wish. I need to be attentive in prayer to hear what God is trying to say to me.
    • At meetings do I try to notice the promptings of the Holy Spirit, so that I can be the Spirit’s spokesperson?
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    • Jesus did not mince words when confronting casuistry and legalism. God's words about love and justice had been twisted by the scribes and argued about as though they were defending a case in a law court. Jesus brings us back from behaviour to the heart. God is no attorney general planning to prove us guilty. He looks into our hearts, and loves us as his children.