Only one thing that Jesus is pointing out today in the Gospel, one attitude that we have that is very common in everybody, an attitude that in today's gospel is strongly opposed by Jesus: its Hypocrisy. I might have a strong reflection today so sorry if the truth will hurt you. But this is what we have to look at as we go on with our Lenten preparation for Easter.
Jesus can understand all our human weaknesses for he came down into the well of weaknesses (sa balon ng ating kahinaan), our human race. But what do not support is the cultivation of a simple appearance. Tagalugin ko kasi walang masyadong dating sa akin at sa inyo. Natatangap at naiintindihan ni Hesus ang ating kahinaan subalit di niya matangap ang ating pagiging PAKITANG TAO lamang. Plastic kung baga. Jesus's deep religious experience can not tolerate the behavior of those who claim to speak "in the name of God."
What Jesus says to the religious authorities of his time retains its strength relative to the religious authorities of all time, not only to me, to us church leaders but also to each one of you here:
The teachers of the law have taken their seat on the chair of Moses. If we translate it, they got the tendency to pontificate, na maghusga. To identify our opinion to what God asks, is a temptation that affects us all believers. Sa kastila may expression na sinasabi "sentar catedra", o sa mga universities malimit natin marinig yan which pertains to the teaching power or the seat of a teaching faculty. How many times do we "seat in cathedra" in our analysis of society, in our judgments about people and situations, to point to God to one side or another?
My dear friends, elections is very near. Avoid electing politicians who are pakitang tao lamang. Avoid those who are more of words but lack of action. Avoid those who is good in front of you because he/she is asking for your vote but when seated gets all the money of your country. And if you are one of them, do as the first reading tells you: Put away your misdeeds from before my eyes; cease doing evil; learn to do good.
Make justice your aim: redress the wronged, hear the orphan’s plea, defend the widow. Wash yourselves clean!
In other words. Repent. If you are willing, and obey, you shall eat the good things of the land; But if you refuse and resist, the sword shall consume you: for the mouth of the LORD has spoken!