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Tuesday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time

My dear encountered couples:

Those of us who have more than a few years behind us remember the days of the glitter and glamour of Hollywood. Movie stars dressed in silk and satin, furs and diamonds, exiting limousines amidst the shouting of crowds and flashing of cameras. Fame and fortune, mansions and swimming pools, handsome and beautiful, they had it all.

The world honored them as gods and goddesses. It has toned does a lot since then. Too much has been revealed about what was going on behind the scenes of some of those gods and goddesses. The glitter and glamour have dimmed considerably.

And then we have the White House in Washington which, as time goes by, loses more and more of its whiteness despite all the repeated paintings of its bricks and pillars.

Is this what Jesus was trying to get across to the Pharisee who criticized him for not performing the external ablutions prescribed before eating?

“You Pharisees! You cleanse the outside of cup and dish, but within you are filled with rapaciousness. Fools! Did not he who made the outside make the inside too?”

I think we get the point. What we appear to be on the outside might get us a table up front in this world, but in the next? Forget it. A shining and glittering soul is what God is interested in. I think we all have a bit of work yet to do on ourselves. Now where did I put that polishing cloth?

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