FROM YOUR PRIEST:
The harshest criticism Jesus metes out is “You hypocrites!” He often catches the religious of his day (and ours) in hypocrisy. Most often it is a failure to see the forest for the trees, a focus on the unimportant as we miss God in the process. Selfrighteousness and hypocrisy go hand in hand and get religious people tied up in knots on just about every issue imaginable. A woman has been crippled for two decades, imprisoned by a failed skeleton. At the touch of Jesus she stands up straight. Her reaction is to praise God but—wouldn’t you know it—there is someone who gets wound up and says “We don’t do it that way here!” What is wrong with this picture? This might be a good time to take stock in our own lives where we substitute rules that give us some comfort for the will of God which challenges us.