The Pharisees' teaching makes God's law a set of burdens. This is not the kind of religious practice that is pleasing to God.
Good works without good intentions are hypocrisy. Good intentions without good works are simply wishful thinking.
God's representatives still proclaim the word of the Lord today to all who will listen. How attentive am I to them?
What is important to all of us is not family background, but being in touch with the word of God.
The Church deals with the power of the devil in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, in prayer, and through the support that the faithful offer one another.
Jesus speaks about God's willingness to give us the things we need. We need to be persistent in prayer to train ourselves to expect and appreciate what God does for us.
Both Luke's and Matthew's versions of the Lord's Prayer teach us how we are to address God, but also describe the kind of God we are to address.
Following Jesus is not so much a matter of taking care of Him as it is of knowing and loving Him. There are different ways of being busy.
Being neighbor is a matter of extending ourselves to those in need, regardless of whether or not there are human connections.
There are plenty of other things more appealing than Jesus' kingdom. But rejection of the kingdom makes us vulnerable to rejection by the Lord.