Whitewashed Tombs

“Whitewashed Tombs”
A reflection on Matthew 23:27-32 and Romans 8:19-23
Wednesday of the Twenty-First Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You are like whitewashed tombs, which appear beautiful on the outside, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and every kind of filth. Even so, on the outside you appear righteous, but inside you are filled with hypocrisy and evildoing.

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the memorials of the righteous, and you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, we would not have joined them in shedding the prophets’ blood.’ Thus you bear witness against yourselves that you are the children of those who murdered the prophets; now fill up what your ancestors measured out!

Matthew 23:27-32

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3 thoughts on “Whitewashed Tombs

  1. fdan

    Dear GMC, As we wait and groan, a suggestion from a Passionist reflection: “In Paul’s beautiful Letter to the Hebrews, Paul encourages the early Christians:
    Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it.” Thank you, GMC, for your reflection. In it, may we have grown, too.


  2. cenaclemary12

    Seems a bit depressing to think of all creation groaning while waiting for the end times. When I see the natural disasters happening now: fires, floods, storms, I see the earthly elements in disorder. We have disrespected our common home. Rather than groaning, perhaps the cries for environmental justice should drown out the groans. St. Paul speaks of labor pains which give way to joy. I hope we will share the beauty of creation while we still have these earthly gifts, and realize the importance of passing on the “good earth” to the next generation.


  3. GMC Post author

    The beauty of the flickering light and shadows of ephemeral creatures can also point beyond to the mysterious God hidden in Light and Darkness (Exodus 3:2; 20:21).

    God is in the present moment.


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