“I am not ashamed of the Gospel.” (First Reading)
“Did not the maker of the outside also make the inside?” (Gospel)
There is a very interesting connection in Paul’s Letter to the Romans today that involves shame and degradation. He boldly states that he is NOT ashamed of the Gospel because it has the power of the truth that pierces all pretense and lies. However, he sadly admits that there are those who would prefer to suppress the truth that brings the very shame that Jesus came to eradicate. This, in turn, incurs anger both from Heaven and from nature because living a lie can only bring humiliation, lack of self-respect, and shame. We could summarize a great deal of Paul’s writing (Theology) with this phrase: “You are either being formed by the Gospel or deformed by the world.”
The Gospel is simply amazing. Does anyone find it largely curious that the Pharisee would actually invite Jesus into his home — only to criticize Him! Seriously? So here we have a textbook, working definition of hypocrisy: judge only by appearance, point out what’s wrong no matter how petty, and throw all the attention of yourself as if your moral heights defy gravity. It is no wonder Jesus quickly described this behavior as “You fools!”
Let us all live in the light! Forgive as often as needed. Be real.
Knowledge makes people humble. Arrogance makes them ignorant.