Pentecost +4 - Year C
Prelude to this passage — verses 11-14 — is good old hypocrisy. It remains alive and well as there remains much fear on which it is based. It is still important to both oppose it in others and have it opposed in one’s self.
“Live by the law, die by the law” is still a rallying cry from those on the margin who most quickly feel the force of law, absent any grace. Eventually even the most callous begin to recognize there is an evolution going on that is leaving them behind. When finally extinction of privilege is recognized by the privileged, it is usually too late to do anything but hunker down, plug your ears, and la-la-la-la-la.
So how do you image Christ? Lawyer or Teacher? Sovereign or Partner? Enforcer or Friend? Binder or Beloved?
Your choice will determine your ability to notice hypocrisy and not buy into it. Depending on your choice it will be harder or easier to reduce hypocrisy in your own life. Blessings on choosing to be included and to include.