They devour widows’ houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. (Mark 12:40)
This passage returns to a previous theme: our actions should coincide with our faith.This is especially true for those who are part of the religious establishment. Not being a hypocrite and behaving with integrity still speaks to those of us who hold positions of authority in schools and parishes. How can we instruct the young people in our care without the authority that comes from integrity?
Before we entangle ourselves in the sticky web of judgment, we do well particularly in Lent to take stock of our behaviour and ensure we act with integrity. We should also remember our humanity and not be too hard on ourselves. Setting high standards of personal behaviour is important for us to undertake, as well as witness and share with our young people.
Have a great week!