Matthew 12 Reflection

07-20-2020Monday ReflectionsDeacon James Carabajal

Today’s Gospel reading is a continuation of two previous readings from Matthew. We may recall the first of the two readings, where Jesus is accused of doing what he does by the power of Satan? An accusation which he easily shows is contradictory and makes no sense. And, in that second previous reading, he says that a tree that is rotten inside cannot produce good fruit. Goodness comes from a person’s interior. The words are directed at his accusers whom he, more than once, accuses of being hypocrites: pious and law-abiding on the outside and full of malice inside.