If this weren't upsetting enough to the Jewish authorities, Jesus then offers a series of teachings about how they have squandered their opportunity and God's favor rests on others who have been more faithful.
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The second reading is a continuation of this, but offering a more positive approach. Rather than criticizing hypocritical religious leaders and authorities, Jesus praises those who reach out to the poor, the homeless, the ill, and those in prison. These people, Jesus says, are doing God's work and will be honored by God, whether anyone on earth notices them or not.
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If you are planning to read the Bible in its entirety, you should read Matthew 19-23 today.