Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Take off the mask!

"Jesus had harsh words for mask-wearers and pretenders. He called them by the word used for an actor who wore a mask in the Greek theater, 'hypocrite.'"
Fr. Ed Hays, "A Pilgrim's Almanac"

This week, while people don masks and hide who they REALLY are, let's ponder the idea of taking our masks off! We all wear masks...masks of competence, when we may not really be competent, masks of holiness when we may not truly act with love in our hearts, masks of devotion to God when we don't actually practice that devotion toward God's people. Jesus was so harsh with the Pharisees and holy people of his day because he could see behind their masks. He could see that the insides of their cups were dirty, but they kept the outside sparkling clean. He could see that their religion was on their sleeves, but not in their hearts. This week of mask-wearing, let's think about what we need to do to remove the masks we hide behind. How can we be more authentic in a world that rewards looking good, but not necessarily acting nice? And we'd better hurry! All Saints Day is coming up! Love, heidi

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