Don't Be A Hypocrite
Do you act like a hypocrite in the things that you believe, the traditions you practice, the words you say? You may say one thing, and completely act the opposite when confronted with a difficult situation. For me, there are many areas that I can be a hypocrite at times, such as giving some adive that I may never tolerate for myself. Living a life of faith means that our faith must be at the centre of everything we believe, how we live our lives and make decisions based on where God is leading us. This happens through attending mass, through reading and being attentive to God's Word in Scripture, being one who helps all people. If you're a Catholic, and yet don't do some of these practices weekly, daily, then you're a hypocrite for calling yourself a devoted Catholic. It's never too late to get back on track, as we're human, we all sin, and God is calling us back home always. Where is God calling you to move away from being hypocritical and truly come into a relationship with Him?
Today's Gospel states:'Now when the Pharisees gathered together to him, with some of the scribes, who had come from Jerusalem, they saw that some of his disciples ate with hands defiled, that is, unwashed. (For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they wash their hands, observing the tradition of the elders; and when they come from the market place, they do not eat unless they purify themselves; and there are many other traditions which they observe, the washing of cups and pots and vessels of bronze.) And the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, "Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with hands defiled?" And he said to them, "Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, `This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.' You leave the commandment of God, and hold fast the tradition of men." And he said to them, "You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God, in order to keep your tradition! For Moses said, `Honor your father and your mother'; and, `He who speaks evil of father or mother, let him surely die'; but you say, `If a man tells his father or his mother, What you would have gained from me is Corban' (that is, given to God) -- then you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or mother, thus making void the word of God through your tradition which you hand on. And many such things you do"' (Mark 7:1-13).
Today's reading talks about how we need to honour God with our entire selves, words and thoughts, actions and reactions. This can be a challenge, especially with so many distractions in our world. Baby steps are the key. One thing that challenged me this weekend was the realization that we talk to our best friends constantly, yet we try to cram in 2 minutes a day to talk to Jesus, our true best friend. The sad part is, most of that 2 minutes is us talking, and not taking time to be receptive and listen in turn. That's not your typical relationship right? If Jesus is our friend, and we want to call ourselves his followers, bringing others to know him, we first need to work on our relationship with him, taking time to talk and listen each day. Take some time to pray and ask God to help you move past having a hypocritical mind, and to truly work on building your relationship with Him.
Today we pray:
Thank You for helping me to know You Lord. Help me to be less hypocritical of others for how they live their faith lives, and let me work more on building my relationship with You, taking time to be receptive of Your will.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.