Mass Readings & Meditation
***How can you distinguish between what is true or false, genuine or counterfeit? ***
Outward appearances can be deceptive.
] Isaiah prophesied that the Messiah would not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear; but with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
] and decide with equity for the meek of the earth (Isaiah 11:3-4).[/LIST]
Jesus used strong language to warn the religious leaders about the vanity of appearance and pretense.
*] In Palestine tombs were often placed by the sides of roads. They were painted white which made them glisten in the midday sun, especially around the time of the great feasts,
*]so that people would not accidently touch them and incur ritual impurity.[/LIST]
Jesus warns that what truly corrupts a person is not ritual impurity
*] but the impurity of sinful attitudes
*] – such as pride, greed, sloth, envy, hatred, gluttony, and lust - which lead to sinful behavior.
*]The scribes and Pharisees were intensely religious in their outward observances,
*] but their outward show didn’t match the inner reality of the state of their hearts. Read on HERE