Matthew 23:27-32 NRSVue

27“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which on the outside look beautiful but inside are full of the bones of the dead and of all kinds of uncleanness. 28So 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, 30and 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.’ 31Thus you testify against yourselves that you are descendants of those who murdered the prophets. 32Fill up, then, the measure of your ancestors.

Some thoughts on this scripture

Sometimes I’m struck by the forced smiles on the faces of the ‘great and good’. These people are busy projecting an image which is far from the truth. But is the image which I project to others the real me?

When making decisions, we wonder ‘What would the neighbours say?’ But does it really matter? There is only One whose opinion really matters. God knows the truth. We must respect and love our neighbours without letting them distort our lives as true disciples.