This morning at Mass, father before the start, gave a most interesting initial comment. He said: “ Let your interior and your exterior connect.”
He did elaborate on that statement some during the homily, since the gospel was about the Pharisees and Sadducees. Mt 23: 1-12, Verse 4 says: “4 They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on people’s shoulders, but will they lift a finger
to move them? Not they!
That statement has so many implications, worth hours of analysis. But what stands out to me the most is how the sin of human respect rules our lives. We view others according to our judgment, and some buckle to acquiesce, or we buckle to acquiesce to the judgment of others.
It’s called the sin of “human respect” to act artificially just to look good to others. That makes kid’s who witness bullying….. shut up. Neighbors who see a woman with a black eye…. say nothing. Our best friend tells a vulgar joke and I don’t want to laugh….. I laugh.
Were that I could say to her that is too vulgar to tell anyone, were that the neighbor would approach that woman and offer consolation, were that someone would stand up and defend the bullied child or teen. Were that my conscience and my exterior would act in unison.