Is 1:10, 16-20; Ps 50; Mt 23:1-12

Do what they tell you, but do not follow their example.
Jesus has one message for those who do not practice what they preach and it’s harsh. (Hint: It starts out with, “Woe to you!”) He has very little patience with hypocrites. But today’s message is for those who would ignore a good teaching because the teacher doesn’t follow it. It is natural to imitate what we see, what we know. It’s also natural to let ourselves off the hook. But Jesus says, “I don’t think so.” Today’s lesson can be distilled to this: Another person’s bad behavior is not an excuse for yours. And this is true even if that other person is your parent or pastor or president.
Loving and nurturing God, grant me the grace to be the kind of person I wish others would be; to do for others what I wish others would do for me.