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Nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. (Luke 12:2)

Jesus has a habit in the gospels, bothersome to many, of looking past the superficial and focusing his piercing gaze on what lies inside.

He’s been dining with a Pharisee or two, those religious leaders who out of their sincere devotion placed a lot of attention on the expectations of tradition. Jesus ruffled a few of their feathers when he didn’t wash up before the meal as he should have. Our modern sanitary sensibilities would have us sympathetic to the Pharisees, but Jesus quickly and forcefully condemns those, who like the Pharisees, worry about washing the outside of the cup when the inside is full of filth. He warns them that what is inside and hidden will someday be seen by all.

Life and lazy detours around discipline have wreaked havoc on my blogging here. But i’m grateful to return to the challenge of this text, of Christ’s warning and promise that it is what lies within that determines what will emerge.

I ask myself, I ask YOU, to consider how we might attend to our innermost places. If inside we have forgiveness, humility and an energy for what is right and life-giving, that is what will ultimately show itself to others. If there are other darker strains, they too will eventually make themselves known. Our hope is that Christ’s promise, given elsewhere, will come true: “So give for alms those things that are within; and see, everything will be clean for you.” (Luke 11:41)

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Posted March 30, 2012 by seawalking in Uncategorized

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