St. Ignatius of Antioch
If we believe Jesus’ criticism is directed only at ancient Israel, that Jesus says nothing to modern Christians and their beliefs, we are mistaken. In fact, it is wise to listen to Jesus’ disapproval of ancient religious leaders as though he were speaking to us today. Careful practice of our faith must not come at the cost of overlooking the needs of others. The life of faith is not intended to be a struggle through piles of burdens and commands, but an invitation for everyone to the freedom enjoyed through forgiveness and life in Christ.