“Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. You should have practiced the latter without leaving the former undone. “Woe to you Pharisees, because you love the most important seats in the synagogues and respectful greetings in the marketplaces. “Woe to you, because you are like unmarked graves, which people walk over without knowing it.” One of the experts in the law answered him, “Teacher, when you say these things, you insult us also.” Jesus replied, “And you experts in the law, woe to you, because you load people down with burdens they can hardly carry, and you yourselves will not lift one finger to help them.
This follows on from yesterday's readings. We need to ask ourself if as christians and as church leaders we require, or seem to require, certain things from people who are seeking to be in relationshop with Jesus. This is not what we are called to do; we are not called to put people on rotas or to get theoir signatures on membership rolls; we are called to love and embrace and disipcle people.