So much of what Jesus leads us toward, is pointing us toward is authenticity. Being and acting in certain ways, doing and living according to his teachings and not living by a rigid set of rules, finding loopholes to not live into those "rules" we find distasteful at the moment. Being honest and true.
Jesus hollers at the Pharisees for not being authentic, taking them to task for not caring for their parents appropriately, violating a commandment, and yet at the same time criticizing Jesus' disciples for not washing. A simple and direct example of inauthenticity and hypocrisy.
What Jesus directs us to is so simple and so very hard to accomplish. A good Lenten discipline to try and live into.
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