Keeping Up Appearances

In today’s Gospel, Jesus is going off on the Pharisees, the religious leaders of the day. Again.

Jesus is on them for being good at outward appearances. To the total neglect of their inner lives, their relationship with God.

Most of what Jesus is saying to them has the same meaning, the same feeling for us as it does for them.

Then there’s this odd line, “You are like unseen graves over which people unknowingly walk.” So why does that line seem to cut the deepest?

Because the people Jesus is talking to don’t walk on graves. Not out of respect for the departed.

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But to avoid being contaminated by what’s rotting away down there.

Jesus isn’t just calling them out, because their insides don’t match their outsides. He’s doing it in a way that they’ll remember. And it’s kind of gross.

But He’s not over-stating the case.

Because that’s exactly where we end up when we neglect our inner lives, our relationship with God.

Rotting away from the inside.

From a self-inflicted wound that only God can heal.

Today’s Readings