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"Alas for hypocrites." (Matthew 23:13)
'Hypocrisy' says Milton in Paradise Lost, "is the only evil that walks invisible, except to God alone. Hypocrisy is a terrible temptation for us all. Jesus accused some of the religious leaders of his time of this fault. Instead of helping people open their lives to God, these so-called religious people put obstacles in their way. Their values are crooked. They do not practice what they preach. We need to be constantly alert and sufficiently self-aware, to guard against this temptation.
Loving God, when tempted to cover our faults with a veneer of goodness, give us strength to resist the wrong and remain your true disciples. Amen.