Have you ever noticed that we human beings have an almost unlimited ability for self deception? We seem to think that God won’t notice if we satisfy all of our own wants and desires as long as we provide minimal support to charitable endeavors and are seen at church. Who do we think we are kidding? After all, if we pay any attention at all to today’s gospel passage we understand that Jesus has little use for public displays of piety and righteousness that honor the doer yet fail to offer humble service to those in need.
The Pharisees, who loved money,
heard all these things and sneered at him.
And he said to them,
“You justify yourselves in the sight of others,
but God knows your hearts;
for what is of human esteem is an abomination in the sight of God.”
What pleases the Lord? Humility in service to the poor and broken hearted. Love given freely given to those who need it. Forgiveness offered even when we do not feel it. Charity beyond what we believe to be our fair share.
God knows our heart. Isn’t it time that we live our lives as though we believe that?