First Reading: 2 Thes. 2:1-3a, 14-17
Psalm: Ps. 96:10, 11-12, 13
Gospel: Mt. 23:23-26
Why were the scribes and Pharisees so obsessed with their tithes of mint, dill and cumin? Because these were the things that people saw. They cleaned the outside of the cup because that was what was seen. Their lack of faith, their judgmental thoughts, their lack of mercy, their greed and self-indulgence were personal and not seen by people, so they did not care to “clean” them.
Are we not like the scribes and Pharisees? Do we not distort the importance of our obligations, worrying more about what is seen by people? Then we do need to change for the better if we do not wish to hear from Jesus these harsh words: “Woe to you on judgment day!”
How do we clean the inside of our lives? Greed and self-indulgence come from the heart. If our heart is set on evil, then we will be covering our actions with the appearances of good. On the other hand, if our heart is set on what is good, then good actions will naturally follow.
Let us ask the Lord Jesus to enlighten our mind and hearts so that we can see ourselves as he sees us.