My daily reflection and prayer. Wednesday, August 27 2014.
“You are like white washed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.”
Take it easy! In several days we will read and reflect the words of Jesus as proclaimed to us about His disposition to the scribes and Pharisees. We can learn from the reading on how we should live as Jesus’ will.
Today we learn about consistency. Let’s be personally consistent in exercising our spiritual life. To be consistent means to live in harmony between what we say and what we act, what we think and what we do, what we pray on and what we live in.
Not like the scribes and Pharisees, they outwardly appear righteous to men, but within they are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. Jesus teaches us about the vanity of appearance and pretense. So He says, “You are like white washed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.”
When I visited the Holy Land, I could see Palestinian tombs. There, tombs are often placed by the sides of roads. I can see clearly, some tombs are painted white which made them glisten in the midday sun, especially around the time of the great feasts. They outwardly appear so beautiful, but within they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. Jesus warns that we may not like them.
In the eyes of Jesus, the scribes and Pharisees are like tombs. They are intensely religious in their outward observances, but their outward show doesn’t match the inner reality of their hearts. Their lives truly corrupt because of they are full of sinful attitudes such as pride, greed, sloth, envy, hatred, gluttony, and lust. It leads them to sinful behavior. They don’t care with the people who are little, weak, poor and disable. They persecute and even kill the prophets.
Jesus calls them as inconsistent religious leaders for they are double-minded standard. They professed admiration for the prophets by building their tombs while at the same time they opposed the prophets’ message and closed their ears to the word of God.
Here we are learning on the humility. To be consistent spiritually is also to be humble. To be humble is to be ready to accept Jesus as the Messiah.
Only the humble of heart can receive from Jesus true wisdom and understanding, pardon and healing. By receiving Jesus, we are able to renew our minds and hearts that we become consistent person before Him.
Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist makes us to be personally consistent in following Jesus Christ. Let’s not live like white washed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. Let’s be consistent spiritually that we do not only outwardly appear beautiful but inwardly as well.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, clean our hearts and minds that we both outwardly and inwardly appear beautiful. Help us to incline our heart to Your wisdom and teach us Your ways of love to God and to others. May we are not like white washed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within we are full of all sinful behavior. Forgive us our sins, now and forever. Amen.
SALAM TIGA JARI: Persatuan Indonesia dalam Keragaman.
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