What we say and what we do is a reflection of who we are and what is in our hearts.
St. Paul reminds the Thessalonians in today’s first reading to walk the right path … to follow the example Paul has given them and behave like true Christians … not expecting any special treatment.
In the Gospel … Jesus criticizes hypocrisy … He denounces those that present themselves as far above who they really are. Jesus warns them … He uses strong language … “woe to you” He says … if you do not act true to who you really are. “Woe to you” … if you wear a mask … and outwardly look holy … but really have a boastful and selfish heart.
The mask of hypocrisy interferes with life-giving love.
Today’s responsorial psalm points out how to be true to self and happy … by instructing us to “walk in God’s ways”.
Giving of ourselves out of real love for God … helps us to be authentic disciples of the Lord.
Today’s scripture readings all work well together to make that point!
If we have Jesus in our hearts … then our actions … our selfless giving … will let the light of His love reflect in our actions … and we will glorify God and walk in His ways.