Woe unto us

woe_unto_youThe Lord said: “Woe to you Pharisees!… You are like unseen graves over which people unknowingly walk.” (Luke 11:42)

I recently saw “The Martian.”  Loved the book and the movie; go see it. I was fascinated by the movies that were previewed. I always think that the folks in marketing select the previews based on who they think is about to watch the feature movie. So, if the movies were sci-fi related or uplifting movies about the human condition in the face of adversity, I would have not been surprised. But the previews were almost all horror movies. Maybe its the proximity to Halloween. Not for all the tea in China would I watch a horror movie. Even at my age they would still induced night mares. It has been over 40 years and thinking about the “The Exorcist” can still send me into cold sweats.

A staple of horror movies are the graves, seen and unseen. Isn’t always something scary and creepy reaching out from the grave? The ghostly hand seeking to pull you in, the creature of darkness that wants to eat your face, or some other horrific denizen of hell’s half acre bringing all manner of woe into your life. What comes out the graves in these movies are never for the benefit of the living or for the betterment of humankind. They just want to pull you in to the misery, stench, and rotting wretchedness of live in the grave.

Same with the Pharisaic part of our inner life – that part that is dying spiritually within us. If we are not attentive the bitterness, disappointment, anger, sarcasm, gossip or other uncharitable intention becomes like that hand which reaches out of the grave of our souls and begins to drag others into the darkness. Not a pretty picture. Such things do not just affect you. It reaches out to affect you and all in relation with you.

Let us me mindful. And woe unto each of us unless we pay “attention to judgment and to love for God.” It is the sure antidote to the everlasting grave.

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