Large breasts aren’t they, with incredible ability to remain under “water” for a lengthy period of time waiting for its prey or next meal. Their jaws are stronger than that of an alligator and yet their skin is as tough as leather. Their appetite is never satisfied and they linger around lethargically to catch you by surprise.
And so it is with religious individuals called the “Pharisees” who dress in garments of innocence and godliness but who work evil intent against the body of Christ. Their hearts have become callused with un-forgiveness and they have not produced the fruits of repentance. They feast on criticism and judgments, all the while not viewing nor reviewing their own shortcomings and sin. We are not talking about those saints who are called to discernment and prayer for the reconciliation of a soul, but rather those individuals who judge others and don’t allow them the opportunity to be reconciled to God through Christ.
Let’s put to fast, the hippo in our lives!
Meanwhile, when a crowd of many thousand had gathered, so that they were trampling on one another, Jesus began to speak first to his disciples, saying: “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. 2 There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed or hidden that will not be made known. 3 What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.