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Today's Gospel + short theological explanation

Wednesday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time
Gospel text (Mt 23:27-32): Jesus said, "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..."

Charity in truth ("Caritas in veritate")

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Benedict XVI) (Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today, the claim Christ directs against the Pharisees for their hypocrisy leads us to consider the danger of falling into the merely "formal" justice, by forcing the truth of things. The most fundamental thing, love - "caritas" - is an extraordinary force which leads people to opt for courageous and generous engagement in the field of justice and peace.

But only in the truth does charity shine forth. Truth is the light that gives meaning and value to charity. Without truth, charity degenerates into sentimentality and then, "love" becomes an empty shell, to be filled in an arbitrary way. In a culture without truth, this is the fatal risk facing love. It falls prey to contingent subjective; the word “love” is abused and distorted. To the point that it comes to mean the opposite.

— The search for love and truth is purified and liberated by Jesus Christ from our human limitations: He himself is the Truth (cf. Jn 14:6).