Gospel of Matthew 23:13-22 Reflection:
In today’s gospel Jesus uses what is called a ‘Rabbinical argument’ to show what he is talking about. We find such a method of discourse very difficult to follow but what Jesus is really talking about is something we all do, twist the word of God to suit ourselves.
One flaw which is common to us all is the need to justify ourselves even when we are wrong. It starts early when the child says, ‘I didn’t break that cup’ and goes on in many ways throughout adult life. We are always justifying what we do, mostly to ourselves.
Jesus is warning us against all this sort of behaviour. He is telling us to accept what we do, to be people who say what they mean and to have integrity before man and God.
We see this behaviour so much in the modern world, particularly in politicians who can justify any behaviour, even murder. Lately it has come to me very forcefully that heaven is a place where we live in the ‘Truth’ of God.
What a shift in behaviour and attitude we are going to have to make, moving from all the self-deception we have about our behaviour to the absolute truth of God….and then resting in that truth for eternity.
We should start to learn to live in the truth of our own lives and get a bit of practice in.