Gospel: Matthew 23:27-32
Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, beautiful in appearance; but, inside, there are only dead bones and uncleanness. In the same way, you appear religious to others, but you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness within. Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets, and decorate the monuments of the righteous. You say: Had we lived in the time of our ancestors, we would not have joined them in shedding the blood of the prophets. So, you, yourselves, confess to be the descendants of those who murdered the
prophets. And now, finish off what your ancestors began!
“Beautiful in appearance, but inside . . .”
We are witness to the deplo rable and sometimes appalling effects of hypocrisy. Hypocrisy is a result of a fragmented, corrupt and vicious character. The hypocrite is full of pretension and deceit; she/ he is not genuinely concern of others. The hypocrite seeks self glorification and selfbenefit, al ways ready to step on others’ toes. She/he is unrepentant over the harm inflicted to others, and does not even budge at the hurt or suf fering of others. The inside of the hypocrite rots and stinks, but the outside is well “covered” so that it looks spotless and attractive.
Quite contrary, sincerity stands at the opposite pole of hypocrisy. Sincerity springs forth from an in tegral and peaceful character, one that is touched by the love of God, one that has been converted to the love of God and neighbor. The sincere person is mindful of her/ his personal wellbeing; she/he is equally mindful of the wellbeing of others. The heart of the sincere person is ruled by love, compassion and mercy. She/he has the heart of Christ. The sincere person does not wish misfortune or harm to others. She/he glories in the triumphs and success of others; she/he is not envious. The sincere person is an agent of peace and care; she/he is kindhearted and gentle.
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