Sunday’s Gospel (Mark) opens with Jesus condemning the scribes, the religious leaders of His day. And for good reason.
The scribes are taking donations from everybody, including people who can’t afford to give. With the understanding that the money will be used to provide for the poor and needy. Only they’re spending it on themselves.
It’s like giving your half of the rent to your roommate. With the understanding that she’s going to pay the rent for both of you. You always wondered how she paid for her amazing walk-in shoe closet.
Turns out, that’s where your rent money went. And now you’re getting thrown out of your place. Since nobody paid the rent.
No wonder Jesus is livid.
More on this tomorrow. Readings for Sunday