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October 11, 2022

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Gospel: Luke 11:37-41
As Jesus was speaking, a Pharisee asked him to have a meal with him. So he
went and sat at table. The Pharisee then wondered why Jesus did not first wash
his hands before dinner. But the Lord said to him, “So then, you Pharisees, you

clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside yourselves you are full of greed and evil.
Fools! He who made the outside, also made the inside. But according to you, by the mere
giving of alms everything is made clean.


Atheist Alain de Botton believes that “Christianity is focused on helping a part of us that secular
language struggles even to name, […] the soul. It has been the essential task of the Christian
pedagogic machine to nurture, reassure, comfort and guide our souls.” But, do our present-day
educational institutions live up to this expectation? Here is an exercise: Visit the websites of a few
catholic educational institutions in your country. Look through the curriculum of the courses offered.
I am afraid that, using the gospel language of the day, our curricula are about cleaning the outside
while neglecting the inside, by design or default. We need to recapture the object of education
which is “to make capable and cultivated human beings” (John Stuart Mill) who will have “a
love of our neighbor, a desire for clearing human confusion and for diminishing human misery”
(Matthew Arnold) and love of God, to top it all.

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