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Cleanse first the inside of the cup, so that the outside also may be clean

Cleanse first the inside of the cup, so that the outside also may be clean.  Saint Monica (Memorial) You reach for a coffee mug.   It sure looks clean, but then you discover that it hasn’t been washed properly.   There are stains and specks of leftover coffee grounds inside.   It’s not the clean mug you thought it was going to be! The Pharisees in today’s Gospel passage (Matthew 23:26) were like that coffee mug:   clean on the outside but in...

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Cleanse first the inside of the cup

Cleanse first the inside of the cup.  Ice cream sundaes, quickly consumed, can leave a lovely fluted dish splotched with leftover cherry pits, chocolate sprinkles, and nuts.   The dish looks pretty on the outside, but the inside is a sticky mess.   That’s like the image Jesus used to get these Pharisees’ attention.   We know some Pharisees, like Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea, believed in Jesus and became his disciples.   But these Pharisees...

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