We start with the Gospel from Tuesday. Christ's criticism of the Pharisees, in my opinion could equally apply to the fundamentalists of today:
For they preach but they do not practice.
They tie up heavy burdens hard to carry
and lay them on people's shoulders,
but they will not lift a finger to move them.
All their works are performed to be seen.
They widen their phylacteries and lengthen their tassels.
They love places of honor at banquets, seats of honor in synagogues,
greetings in marketplaces, and the salutation 'Rabbi.'
But even Christ's followers were not immune to putting themselves ahead of living Christ's way. In Wednesday's Gospel, we hear how two of Christ's disciples wish to put their own personal honor ahead of that of Christ. How many times do we see this from a fundamentalist, or even from ourselves.
Today's Gospel is the familiar story of the rich man and the beggar. Where eventually, the measures are meted out.
To me all three of these readings have the theme of reminding us that we can't think we are bigger or more important than our faith in Christ. Indeed, two of the readings also allude to the need to be a servant.
But the question still with me is; "How do I serve"?