by HFH Reuvers


"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the other things. You blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self-indulgence." (Matthew 23, 23-25)

In these and other similar admonitions, Jesus criticizes hypocrisy. Respectable people who observe the law are in the greatest danger to become hypocrites. Because they have a keen eye for the letter of the law and too little understanding for the weaknesses of their fellow people.
Now I'm especially thinking of some Catholic traditionalists. They pay so much attention to the purity of holy Mass that they forget too often neighbourly love. They humbly call the rich and strong who are supporting them their 'benefactors' and they ignore too often the poor and weak who they themselves could help and support. Moreover, they sometimes try to separate their faithful from unbelieving family members, for example by saying that a marriage between a Catholic and a non-Catholic is worthless.
I don't say they have malicious intentions, nor that tridentine Mass isn't worth while. I'm only signalizing here's a danger they have to shun.
However, we Catholics all have to look out lest we overdo our devotion to prayer and liturgy, be it ever so necessary, to the extent that it's at the cost of our devotion to fellow people. Let's carefully think whether there may be some people who need much more attention than we're giving them.