Wednesday of the 21 week in ordinary time ‘b’
Years ago, when I was an associate in one of the parishes, I met a person that would come to church each Sunday. That person was very articulate, always nicely dressed, very polite. You would never guess that that person was homeless. He just didn’t want anybody to know that he lived in the local motel. I only knew because a couple times he asked for some financial help. For different reasons people don’t want others to know all that is happening in their lives. Perhaps we are like that too and hide things from others. Well, we may hide the facts from others but not from God. God knows us better than we know ourselves. Today in the Gospel Jesus again very strongly warns the scribes and Pharisees: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You are like whitewashed tombs, which appear beautiful on the outside, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and every kind of filth.” These words are very strong, but I like them. They help me to do a thorough examination of conscience and honestly investigate my heart and see what my sins are doing to me. From outside I may appear as an exemplary Christian, but there may be hidden sins inside of me. How about you? Remember, Jesus knows us too well.