Reflection on Matthew 23:27-32 ~
Ah… Jesus is again emphasizing humility. What good am I if I wear my faith as if it is a uniform filled with awards and badges? I cannot have pride in anything, especially in my call to ministry, as I am only unique as everyone else, not special. If I appear as a know-it-all then I am no different than those who put Christ on the Cross. Instead I must strive for a simpler life, as one in which others visibly see Christ in me as unconditional Christian love.
Matthew 23 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which on the outside look beautiful, but inside they are full of the bones of the dead and of all kinds of filth. 28 So you also on the outside look righteous to others, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
29 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous, 30 and you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ 31 Thus you testify against yourselves that you are descendants of those who murdered the prophets. 32 Fill up, then, the measure of your ancestors.
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Matthew 23:27-32.