Both readings today speak of God’s kindness. Paul, in the first reading, scolds those who judge wrongdoers harshly while excusing themselves for the same kind of wrongdoings. He asks them why they are not as kindly to sinners as God is.
In somewhat the same way, Jesus in the Gospel scolds doctors of the Jewish Law who pour upon the poor more restrictions than they themselves could obey. Our Lord’s concern for the little people should inspire us to be as kind. We should come to the assistance of impoverished people and to foreigners who get caught up in the tangles of the law.