Reflection on Matthew 23:13-22 ~
What do you think of when you hear of the woes of hypocrites? Do you feel that way about yourself? Ask yourself where you are in this moment? Are in a moment of sacred sanctuary for you to be with Trinity? Are you at a metaphorical altar offering yourself to divinity? Doesn’t heaven almost feel within reach? If so, you must be with the gift of Jesus. He has risen from his throne to embrace you, embrace him back, and remember this moment into your day.
Matthew 23 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
13 “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you lock people out of the kingdom of heaven. For you do not go in yourselves, and when others are going in, you stop them. 15 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cross sea and land to make a single convert, and you make the new convert twice as much a child of hell as yourselves.
16 “Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘Whoever swears by the sanctuary is bound by nothing, but whoever swears by the gold of the sanctuary is bound by the oath.’ 17 You blind fools! For which is greater, the gold or the sanctuary that has made the gold sacred? 18 And you say, ‘Whoever swears by the altar is bound by nothing, but whoever swears by the gift that is on the altar is bound by the oath.’ 19 How blind you are! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that makes the gift sacred? 20 So whoever swears by the altar, swears by it and by everything on it; 21 and whoever swears by the sanctuary, swears by it and by the one who dwells in it; 22 and whoever swears by heaven, swears by the throne of God and by the one who is seated upon it.
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Matthew 23:13-22.