Sunday school teacher: “Johnny, can you tell me who will wear the biggest crown in heaven?” Johnny: “Sure. The one who has the biggest head.”
“Not so,” Jesus tells us in today’s Gospel Lesson as He once again castigates the Pharisees. He calls them “frauds.” He says “They do all their deeds to be seen by men” (Mt. 23:5). He says “They love the place of honor at feasts and the best seats in the synagogues, and salutations in the market places, and being called ‘Rabbi’ by men” (Mt. 23:6-7). He says, in other words, “They have big heads.” Jesus calls them “blind fools” because they are so puffed up that they have shut themselves off from the possibility of wisdom and truth penetrating from without. They are so full of themselves they are unable to hear the truth about themselves. Not even God can get through. Jesus continues: “He who is greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be…
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