Tuesday of the 28th Week in Ordinary Time

October 17, 2023

Authenticity in Observance

Daily Mass Readings for Tuesday of the 28th Week in Ordinary Time

Cycle 1 is used in odd numbered years and Cycle 2 is used in even numbered years. The gospel is the same for both years. 2023 is Cycle 1. 2024 is Cycle 2.

  • First Reading (Cycle 1) – Romans 1:16-25: “I am not ashamed of the Gospel. It is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: for Jew first, and then Greek.”
  • First Reading (Cycle 2) – Galatians 5:1-6: “For in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.”
  • Responsorial Psalm (Cycle 1) – Psalm 19: “The heavens proclaim the glory of God.”
  • Responsorial Psalm (Cycle 2) – Psalm 119: “Let your mercy come to me, O Lord.”
  • Gospel Luke 11:37-41: “Oh you Pharisees! Although you cleanse the outside of the cup and the dish, inside you are filled with plunder and evil.”


In today’s gospel, Jesus criticizes Pharisees for failing to see what is important. They were concerned with appearing completely observant, but they missed the heart of the law. Their devotion lacked authenticity.

Our spiritual observances can turn into opportunities to appear “good” and gain esteem in the eyes of other Christians. When this happens, we are serving ourselves instead of God. This is where the Pharisees went wrong. They wanted to follow the law, but their focus was often on appearing pious, rather than knowing the heart of God.


Lord, teach me to seek to authenticity in my life. Let me not seek to gain the good opinion of others in my spiritual life. Keep my focus on doing your will. Amen.

Homilies and Reflections for Tuesday of the 28th Week in Ordinary Time

Word On Fire: Who Does It Belong To?

From Bishop Robert Barron. “Friends, Jesus concludes today’s Gospel by prescribing giving alms as a key to holiness. I’ve quoted to you before some of the breathtaking remarks of saints and popes about almsgiving. Leo XIII says that once the demands of necessity and propriety have been met, the rest of your money belongs to the poor.” Continue reading.

USCCB Reflection: Authenticity in Christianity

Jesus enjoyed meeting with people around the dinner table. But the Pharisees were so devoted to the observance of the law’s regulations about cleanliness that they when far beyond what was required. Jesus criticized the Pharisees for their misplaced priorities.

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